From Billboard.biz August 17, 2011 By Emmanuelle Saliba, (@ignitethesound), New York Today (August 17), the American dubstep artist Skrillex announced the launch of his new OWSLA label. Tim Smith, Skrillex’s manager and owner of the Blood Company (a management company) as well as Kathryn Frazier (owner of the publicity firm Biz 3) and publicist Clayton Blaha (Biz 3) have all signed on as business partners in the venture. The label’s first releases will come from Bristol-based dubstep producer Koan Sound, electro-house newcomer Porter Robinson from North Carolina, singer/songwriter Alvin Risk, and San Francisco based M Machine (formally Metropolis). “Artists will be hand selected by Skrillex and the OWSLA team in an effort to unite under a cohesive theme of friendship and integrity – as well as bass,” Blaha told Billboard.biz. Dubstep DJ/producer Sonny “Skrillex” Moore has had quite a year: His most recent EP “More Monsters and Sprites” released on June 7, 2011, peaked at No. 3 on the Heatseekers Albums and No. 5 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums. His sophomore EP sold 12,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. And his first EP, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” released in 2010, sold 83,000 copies. He also played several of the biggest music festivals, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival, Camp Bisco X and Hard LA. The announcement also helps explain the rather strange viral video campaign that appeared on Skrillex’s YouTube channel. The videos, entitled “OWSLA #1″ and “OWSLA #2,” featured the mysterious eye-liner wearing OWSLA Urchin aka the “Dupstepchild” throwing stuffed animals and balloons at the camera.
Porter Robinson’s new EP, SPITFIRE is streaming now on @Grooveshark. Click here to Listen in.
New @PorterRobinson “Spitfire” EP available for purchase NOW on @Beatport http://www.beatport.com/release/spitfire/674313
Released exclusively on Beatport.com. Friday, December 23rd, 2011. Skrillex, recently nominated for 5 Grammys and anointed MTV’s EDM Artist of The Year after his ubiquitous single “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” was certified gold earlier this month, has decided to co-release his feverishly anticipated Bangarang EP on both OWSLA and Big Beat/Atlantic via Beatport on December 23rd. Bangarang features collaborations with the The Doors, Ellie Goulding, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet, Kill The Noise, and Sirah and demonstrates considerable growth in terms of production style and diversity.
The new Skrillex Bangarang EP is now available on iTunes http://bit.ly/vrZVtq and Amazon.com http://amzn.to/s5RWpb. It includes a bonus “Orchestral Suite” track by @VarienOfficial
Release Date: 2/28/2012
Release: 3/13/2012 SKRILLEX’S OWSLA TO RELEASE FREE, EXCLUSIVE 19-TRACK COMPILATION OWSLA PRESENTS: FREE TREATS VOL. 2 OFFERS NEW TRACKS FROM SKRILLEX, PORTER ROBINSON, KOAN SOUND, THE M MACHINE, AND MORE PLUS NEW TALENT ACROSS A BROAD SPECTRUM OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC OWSLA, helmed by the 3-time Grammy winner Skrillex, re-asserts it’s position as the flag-bearer for a new industry model in music by releasing a free, totally exclusive collection of 19 new songs by artists both new and familiar on March 13th exclusively on Beatport. The songs, curated by Skrillex and his OWSLA partners, occupy a huge range of electronic styles. From sub-heavy, slinky Dubstep to pounding Progressive House, esoteric Electro House to Juke, few stones are left unturned in terms of sub-genre. What’s more, OWSLA Presents Free Treats Vol. 2 stands as a declaration of the OWSLA ethos: to excite listeners by delivering new, fantastic tracks from a team who is genuinely invested in the culture of quality music. FOR PRESS INQUIRIES CONTACT CLAYTON BLAHA: firstname.lastname@example.org
RELEASE DATE: 9/13/2012
Flying over the forbidden district avoiding the fancy ones, the Geto Bird is a police helicopter prowling around the American popular districts. Ice Cube made it a hit, Birdy Nam Nam made it a mix. After several albums greeted by critics and a French Music Award, their third album called The Defiant Order is a strong way back to the hip-hop and turnatablism roots. Out on Owsla (Skrillex’s label), Birdy Nam Nam show their will to share what Europe has already experienced with the United States, Great Britain, Scandinavia and Japan. The whole world is about to discover their album and its reinvented sound by the current best producers : Skrillex, Pelican Fly, Foreign Beggars, French Fries, Djedjotronic, Club Cheval, Sam Tiba, Jackson Lunatic, Dj Sliink, Maelstrom, Nah Like, Soufien 3000, Ryan Hemsworth, Bambounou, High Powered Boys, G-Vump, Mahdyar Aghajani, Culprate, Breakbot, Crackboy, DVNO and La Femme From these remixes, the band offers this brilliant Geto Bird Mix exclusively made for your ghetto-blaster ! Eight hands playing with 24 tracks for an age-anchored release. Performing live they have proven having all keys to unexpectedly blow the audience’s mind just like this 3-millions-views video on Youtube ! Pone, Crazy B, Need and Lil Mike or the 4 Fantastiques could pretend saving the world from their platines. Several times DMC’s (French DJ contest) champions, their live performance are clearly coming from another galaxy.
Lucky fans of Grammy-winning producer Skrillex will now have the opportunity to pre-order the most exclusive and valuable collection of his work to date, set to be officially released in early December on BigBeat/OWSLA. Also on Tuesday, Skrillex is pairing the news with the release of arguably his most intense visual to date, the official clip for his collaborativetrack with The Doors, “Breakn’A Sweat”, directed by, award-winning music video director duo, Radical Friend. The highly-anticipated vinyl box set includes Skrillex’s three ground breaking EPs, including the Best Dance/Electronica Album of 2012 Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. The EPs, housed in a custom-made hard-shell acrylic case adorned with a die cut Skrillex logo on the front, contain 18 tracks. For superb quality in sound, each EP is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram audiophile vinyl and meticulously mastered by renowned engineer Bernie Grundman. Available for a limited time only, these sharply designed sets also include an unique PIN card that allows download of all the tracks plus seven bonusremixes by the likes of Kaskade, Phonat, and Zedd, not included on the vinyl. Hardcore fans will be pleased that, in addition to the sounds, exclusivevisuals come with the box set: a 12-page photo booklet of candid and behind-the-scenes images plus a special dedication from Sonny Moore himself. Allof these goodies are enclosed in three specially designed record jackets with poly-lined inner sleeves that rest inside a matte black drawer. For those who miss this fleeting opportunity, the individual EPs will also be available at participating independent retailers on November 23rd as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. SKRILLEX TRIPLE VINYL BOX SET TRACK LISTING SCARY MONSTERS & NICE SPRITES Side A: 1. Rock N’ Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain) 2. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites 3. Kill EVERYBODY Side B: 4. All I Ask Of You feat. Penny 5. Scatta feat. Foreign Beggars and Bare Noize 6. With You, Friends (Long Drive) MORE MONSTERS AND SPRITES EP Side A: 1. First Of The Year (Equinox) 2. Ruffneck (Flex) 3. Ruffneck (FULL Flex) Side B: 4. Weekends!!! (feat Sirah) 5. Weekends!!! (feat Sirah) (Zedd Remix) BANGARANG EP Side A: 1. Right In 2. Bangarang (feat. Sirah) 3. Breakn’ A Sweat (Skrillex & The Doors) 4. The Devil’s Den (Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner) Side B: 5. Right On Time (Skrillex, 12th Planet & Kill The Noise) 6. Kyoto (feat. Sirah) 7. Summit (feat. Ellie Goulding) DOWNLOAD CARDS INCLUDE ALL OF THE ABOVE TRACKS AS WELL AS: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Dirtyphonics Remix) Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Phonat Remix) Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (The Juggernaut Remix) Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Kaskade Remix) Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Noisia Remix) Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Zedd Remix) Kill EVERYBODY (Bare Noize Remix)
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 6TH, 2012 UPDATED: Buy links and Soundclound player added below.
MORE INFORMATION HERE.
Pick your Hottest Record of 2012. Below are Zane’s 100 favourite Hottest Records of the year. Make your selection, press nominate and Zane will count down to the Hottest Record of 2012 on Radio 1 in the week commencing the 17th of December, with the Number 1 being revealed on Thursday the 20th of December. Nominations close at 2100 on Thursday the 13th of December. Choose wisely. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.
#Nest is a new sub-label of OWSLA where we’ll be releasing all of our favorite music in conjunction with our main OWSLA releases, including rare and unreleased remixes and edits from all of the coolest artists we know. For $12/month, you get access to EVERY OWSLA release in MP3+WAV 24 hours before anyone else, plus FREE weekly Nest exclusives that won’t be available to ANYONE including goodies like VIP edits, DJ sets, sound kits, priority access to shows, and way more. Upon signing up, you’ll receive two hand-picked compilations of some of our favorite releases from 2011 and 2012, and as a holiday bonus, everyone who signs up before 12/31 will be entered to win an all-expenses-paid VIP trip to Ultra 2013 in Miami. CHIRPY CHIRP
RELEASE DATE: 1/22/2013
Last week OWSLA released the new Birdy Nam Nam EP, Defiant Order, which arrived with a slew of remixes by DJ Craze, Breakbot, UZ, and Block Beattaz. But today we’re about to do you one better with an exclusive video of Craze cutting up the track live. “The most important thing for me is to give it that human funk,” Craze comments on cutting up a live remix. “Whether you’re playing an instrument live or scratching live or whatever—as long as it’s got that human funk. I wanted to give this mix a little bit of what I can bring to the table, with the scratches and that swing I love having in my music. I focused on the vocals ’cause they sounded organic and added some horns to give it that funk.” Below you can check out both the live mix on video and grab Craze’s remix from the Defiant Order EP. As well, Birdy Nam Nam have just uploaded a brand-new Beatport Mix, which features the likes of Four Tet, Jam City, Para One, Hrdvision, and tons more, so check that out, too.
Check out the teaser for he forthcoming Metropolis Pt. II EP by The M Machine and preview a few of the songs we’ve premiered this week with our homies DJ Mag and iLikeMusic. More to come soon 😉 Metropolis Pt. II available Feb 19 on OWSLA PRE-ORDER DJ MAG. I Like Music .
Congratulations to our family for winning the following awards at the 55th Grammy awards: Bangarang Featuring Sirah for Best Dance Recording Bangarang for Best Dance/Electronica Album Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix) for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Out on Beatport February 12th, 2013 “Meet Oleg and Anton, the Russian/Ukrainian duo formerly known as Place 2B and Paimon, now more popularly known as Teddy Killerz. Skrillex himself was so impressed by the duo’s Make It Bun Dem Remix Contest entry that he not only proclaimed them honorary winners, but he also decided to sign them to his groundbreaking label, OWSLA. Best known for their stellar dnb, dubstep, and breaks productions, the duo decided to switch things up for their first original release for OWLSA with the Toys Riot EP, a three-track collection of some very filthy trap music.” – LessThan3
WORLD PREMIERE of this little gem from some of the young gunnerz, Kill Paris and GRiZ. Oh wait, what’s that? – It’s a FREE DOWNLOAD!!!! Come & get it @ This Song Is Sick. “To A New Earth” EP available Feb 26.
Congratulations to The M Machine for having their song Luma selected as Mixmag Tune of the Week! Metropolis Pt. II available TOMORROW – unless you’re down with NESTIV, in which case you’ve already been enjoying it 😉
Available on OWSLA 2/19/2013 “Each track hosts its own unique listening experience, avoiding one of the worst clichés an electronic artist could put forth: predictability.“ -VIBE “This second half of the “Metropolis” EP pushes The M Machine’s unique sound a little further and skillfully blurs the lines between musical genres.“ -ELEKTRO “All 6 tracks are perfectly setup to take the listener on a futuristic bass filled journey they will never forget.“ -ThisSongIsSick “Metropolis Pt. 2″ is pure gold, track after track of impressive mood-evoking chords and melodies.“ -Magnetic Mag “The album rolls along for all six extremely unique tracks and provides one of the best listening experiences of early 2013.“ -DJ MAG CANADA “With a sound that almost seems ahead of its time, Metropolis Pt. II brings a whole set of new sonic experiences to both OWSLA and the world as a whole. Rich with palpable experimental basslines and progressive beats, The M Machine makes their mark to what looks already looks like a promising year.“ – THE MUSIC NINJA
“After treating us last week to Griz’s remix of “Slap,” OWSLA has unveiled another remix to Kill Paris’s forthcoming To a New Earth EP. Slovenia’s Gramatik has taken on To a New Earth‘s lead single, and it’s everything you would expect from a combination of his groovy glitch hop stylings with Kill Paris’s soulful bass. Gramatik layers on riff after riff of clean guitar lines, supplementing what we can only assume to be Kill Paris’s jazzy melodies and punchy kicks. The result is an intriguing mix of jam band, glitch hop, and dubstep, coming together seamlessly in an amalgam of blissful bass music. Stay tuned for the full release of To a New Earth on February 26th.” – Dancing Astronaut
Really cool photo diary of the past year of Hundred Waters shows including cameos by Skrillex , Diplo , Grimes , Blood Diamonds , KOAN Sound and more!
WORLD PREMIERE: Blood Diamonds – Barcode ft. Dominic Lord (DJ Q Remix) on Pitchfork! Barcode EP available everywhere March 12
New Alvin Risk to be released March 4th for Nest subscribers & March 5th worldwide on OWSLA. Pre-order Here
Available on OWSLA 2.26.2013
Check out the official music video for The M Machine’s Tiny Anthem on POTATOwillEATyou !! Such a great song and video. Pick it Up here
Really excited to be working with HEARTSREVOLUTION this year – check out the video for “Pop Heart” on NYLON and look out for the Revolution Rising mixtape next week.
WORLD PREMIERE: Hundred Waters – Boreal (Blood Diamonds Remix) from the Boreal EP coming March 26. And congratulations to Hundred Waters for being added to The xx tour on the heels of their Alt-J tour dates this spring. Go here for full tour dates!
Wanna see some death-defying trick motorcycle riding in the snowy streets of France? Check out the official music video for BIRDY NAM NAM – Defiant Order on The FADER.
Can’t get enough of The M Machine? Check out this killer mix for Beatport Mixes.
“With the release of their 2012 self-titled LP off of Skrillex-owned record label, OWSLA, Hundred Waters, a five-piece band from Gainesville, FL, sew the loose ends between folk, jazz, and electronic instrumentation, melding iridescent imagery with digitally enhanced beats and blips. On songs such as “Visitor,” “Boreal,” and “Thistle,” three of the debut albums most memorable tracks—tales of cherry trees, arid lands, and veiled houses—are harmoniously sung (courtesy of vocalists Nicole Miglis and Sam Moss) atop electro-altered layers of noise and flute notes. And the juxtaposition between songs semi-stripped of enhancements versus songs fully digitized allows for a cushier listening platform (one you can hear yourself on their upcoming U.S. tour in March) that ceases from becoming redundant. So really, it’s of no surprise that Skrillex (a fan of music outside of derbsterp) signed Hundred Waters as the first official Indie band to OWSLA because variety and talent is a good thing, especially when it comes from a state that looks like a penis.” –
We know, we know. You STILL can’t get enough The M Machine! Luckily, they’ve made another stellar mixtape for Mixmag which has earned the prestigious Mix of the Week title.
Click HERE for info on the upcoming Black Magic Tour featuring Kill The Noise, Brillz, Style of Eye and Codes and a free download of the killer new tour mixtape below.
Available on OWSLA 3.5.2013
WORLD PREMIERE: Blood Diamonds – Barcode ft. Dominic Lord (FIGURE Remix) on Dancing Astronaut. A true drum and bass banger. Rage to this !!!
SXSW FINNA BE HELLA HYPHY w/ Zedd, Alvin Risk, Alex Metric and David Heartbreak.
Available on OWSLA 3/12/2013
WORLD PREMIERE: Hundred Waters – Boreal (Phantoms Remix) from the Boreal EP coming March 26.
WORLD PREMIERE: Hundred Waters – Boreal (Teebs Remix) on Pitchfork
NEW Alex Metric & Mark Yardley (Stanton Warriors) IS SO GOOD. Dare you not to move your body 😉 Ammunition Pt. 3 available on OWSLA on Tuesday 4/2/13! PRE-ORDER HERE
Available on OWSLA 3/26/2013
This song is so dynamic and insane that it requires three separate previews to bring it into the world. APRIL 16TH Look out for #2 and #3 Showtek Music & Noisecontrollers – Get Loose
RAVE WEAPON 2 RAVE WEAPON 2 RAVE WEAPON 2 Alex Metric Ammunition Pt. 3 out Tuesday!
No. 3 in the Ammunition series is just days away…
Available on OWSLA 4.2.13
Showtek Music & Noisecontrollers Get Loose Preview #2 is LIVE Available on Beatport 4/16
Brand new mixtape from HEARTSREVOLUTION today!! Big up to Just Blaze on the mix.
Just posted the 3rd preview of GET LOOSE by Showtek and Noisecontrollers ! Keep in mind this is STILL not the full song – that will be premiering on POTATOwillEATyou on TUESDAY and available on Beatport same day.
Available on OWSLA 4/16/13
Available on OWSLA 4/18/13 Got a special treat for you guys – check out this tune from The Juggernaut that’s been a favorite of ours in green room and after party DJ sets for a minute now.
World Premiere of Alex Metric & Mark Yardley’s Ilium Official Music Video Ammunition Pt. 3 available now
Check out the teaser for The Foundation EP by the don of dub, David Heartbreak on VIBE. Coming May 14th and featuring appearances by Skylar Grey, The Partysquad and more.
Get to know the Noisecontrollers more over on Trackitdown, and don’t forget to support GET LOOSE with Showtek.
TODAY make sure to support one of the kindest, most genuine and hardest working people we know – the big homie David Heartbreak and his friends Simon Sayz, Nicademass, Anna Yvette and Feral is Kinky. The Foundation EP melds dub, reggae, acid, trap, electro and everything in between. Stream on Soundcloud below and support on Beatport if u ♥ us.
Today marks the US release of the Defiant Order LP by 2002 DMC World Team Champions and DMC Hall of Fame inductees BIRDY NAM NAM from Paris. Open your minds to some incredible French techno.
MORE MIND BENDING GOODNESS FOR YOUR HEAD – What So Not from Australia have graced us with the dub versions of 2 of the songs from their upcoming Meal Ticket EP on OWSLA, which will be out June 25.
With anticipation for HARD Summer growing, DOG BLOOD, has been featured in their SUMMER ARTIST SPOTLIGHT. The 300% Terror Band has also posted their ULTRA 2013 Live set on NEST HQ.
Free VIP treat from Durante to celebrate hitting 1K Facebook likes. Check out his Challenger EP on NEST.
Grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of Tommy Trash’s massive remix of “Higher” by DESTRUCTO over at Rolling Stone. Higher EP out June 10th on Beatport
Help welcome OWSLA newcomer Rusko with a FREE DOWNLOAD of his new track “Takeoff” on Rolling Stone.
“While its six tracks have the dystopian hum that unifies so much of the work of Sonny Moore and his extended crew, Phonat (aka Italian producer Michele Balduzzi) also favors gauzy synth melodies and staccato found-sounds like snaps and bubbles, all at a positively funky BPM.” WORLD PREMIERE: Phonat – Identity Theft on Billboard Identity Theft EP out TOMORROW June 4th
Download link for Rusko’s new track is up! “Lift Me Up” EP out July 2nd on OWSLA
Phonat’s “Identity Theft” EP is out everywhere TODAY with some of the most beautiful downtempo laidback electronic vibes we’ve ever heard. Grab a FREE DL of “All This Time” over at MIXMAG, stream the entire EP below, and don’t forget to support on your favorite retailer if you ♥ us.
Nick Thayer – Worlds Collide EP /// June 18th Gonna be heavy
Who’s going to Electric Zoo Festival this year? We’ll be holding down the Riverside stage all day Friday with a very special OWSLA vs. Boysnoize Records stage, featuring Dog Blood, Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk, ︻ ƱZ ︻, Skream and more. Check out Electric Zoo Festival!
Holy Ship 2014 lineup announced with our very own Alex Metric, Alvin Risk, Dillon Francis, Zedd and Skrillex!
New GESAFFELSTEIN single + video out next week. Watch this space.
Get Higher Baby Available on OWSLA 6/10/2013
WORLD PREMIERE: What So Not – Every Time You See Me (The Quack) ft. Action Bronson, D Mac and Blood Diamonds. The Quack vocal EP coming June 25th
Official Skrillex Essential Mix being broadcast TONIGHT on BBC Radio 1…lots of new treats in there. Stream for a week at BBC Radio 1.
“It is a high energy extra gritty bass monster that could technically be labelled as glitch hop.” World premiere of “Worlds Collide” on This Song Is Sick from Nick Thayers upcoming EP. The Worlds Collide EP is available June 18th.
To commemorate their union in the Western Hemisphere, OWSLA and Bromance are to jointly release “Pursuit” from French techno trailblazer Gesaffelstein.
Available on OWSLA 6.18.2013. Don’t forget to check out the praise that LESSTHAN3 has for this new massive EP.
We’ve teamed up with Boysnoize Records and CID Entertainment to give one Grand Prize winner a pair of 3-Day VIP Passes to Camp Bisco, a 1-Year membership to Nest, a merch pack from BNR, and an invitation to our exclusive OWSLA/BNR BBQ Meet and Greet with artists from both labels ! For all the details and to enter the contest visit: http://smarturl.it/NESTBBQ Act fast because this contest will be over Wednesday, June 26th at 11:59PM EST.
Head over to VIBE to stream “Lift Me Up” by Rusko, watch the teaser from his forthcoming EP, and see if his fall tour will stop at a city near you. Lift Me Up EP coming July 2nd
I Am Legion (Noisia x Foreign Beggars) – “Make Those Move” Available July 15th on OWSLA/Division/Par Excellence. http://iamlegion.co.uk/
New official music video for Phonat’s – Ride the Prejudice on THE FADER.
Go grab The Quack EP from What So Not everywhere today! Big up Action Bronson, Blood Diamonds, and Deize Tigrona
#GetHigherBaby Higher EP by DESTRUCTO with remixes by Tommy Trash and Brodinski available on iTunes today.
Rusko – “Starlight” ft. Claes Rosen on Dancing Astronaut. “Reminiscent of the sound and style that made him one of the best in bass music, “Starlight” represents the softer, more mature side of the woo-boosting producer exchanging heavy hitting kicks with ethereal melodies and gripping percussion that nudge, rather than punch, you into its bouncy groove.” Lift Me Up EP coming July 2
FREE DL of BURN THE KNOWLEDGE NIGHTFALL EP JULY 23 Phuture Doom
IPAD USERS: Grab a FREE sample kit with samples from Nick Thayer’s recent Worlds Collide EP with the FREE ithirtyseven app for iPad. DL the app HERE
Proud to release the Lift Me Up EP today by one of the most audacious electronic producers around, Rusko. Get your fix of frantic BPMs and melodies, hip-hop, drum & bass, ragga, rave and everything in between below and make sure to support it if you ♥ us
HEARTSREVOLUTION RIDE OR DIE EP COMING JULY 23
Very stoked to find out that throughout the month of July, Music Choice will be airing music videos from Alex Metric, Kill The Noise, Porter Robinson, BIRDY NAM NAM, Skrillex and Hundred Waters as part of their #ElectricSummer via OneBeat Channel.
NEW Kill Paris SINGLE OUT TODAY “Los Angeles producer, Kill Paris, sees the connection between R&B and electronic sensibilities and pounces on it in his new single, “Falling In Love Again,” featuring the sensual, heartfelt vocals of Marty Rod and Alma.” Stream it below and read more about it on NestHQ
Grab a FREE DL of the Jack Beats vs. Major Lazer remix of “Knock You Down” below. Jack Beats Remixed Vol. I EP coming August 13th with remixes from Major Lazer, AC Slater and Brillz.
“Skrillex has given birth to a demon child, and its name is Phuture Doom. Half black metal, half dubstep—this is basically what you’d mosh to if you were, like, the raver antichrist.” World Premiere of Phuture Doom’s Han Breaks on Thump. Nightfall EP July 23
BROMANCE + OWSLA = BROMANCE US
“The two camps have teamed up to create history and with this incredible single titled ‘Make Those Move’, the track is pure filth and bass, with lines from Foreign Beggars over top. This is straight fire and certified slaps.” -THIS SONG SLAPS First single from the much anticipated Noisia and Foreign Beggars project, I Am Legion, is out today. Grab a FREE DL and read up on tour dates and more below. I Am Legion LP coming fall 2013 FREE DOWNLOAD HERE
Brand new single “Crash Landing” from ILLANGELO, producer of the The Weeknd’s Trilogy. History of Man LP coming Aug 20 on #BromanceUS
Adorable family photo from our #Nest BBQ/meet and greet at Camp Bisco this past weekend. Special thanks to KOAN Sound, Nick Thayer, Seven Lions and Dillon Francis for stopping by to hang out and of course NickyDigital.com for capturing the moment. View the FULL Gallery –> http://go.nickydigital.com/t1H Be a pal & LIKE NickyDigital.com on Facebook!
“Elements of Metal, Dubstep, and rave era Techno are palpable in this first showing from Phuture Doom, leaving us curious as to what comes next from the mysterious group.” -NEST HQ DOOMSDAY
Getting a lot of great feedback so far on the Ride or Die EP by HEARTSREVOLUTION. Check it out if you’re in the mood for something different 😉 Grab it from iTunes
WORLD PREMIERE: Jack Beats Remixed Vol. I Minimix ft. Major Lazer, AC Slater, and Brillz Vol. I out August 13th http://blog.lessthan3.com/2013/07/jack-beats-remix-minimix/
New video for Acid Youths by David Heartbreak on this Spin Magazine Premiere!!
Watch the teaser for OWSLA newcomer Bart B More’s Napoleon Saga EP below and grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of a brand new mixtape. The Napoleon Saga EP is out on Tuesday with 2 massive electro tunes already receiving high praise from Porter Robinson, Kaskade, and Madeon to name a few.
“It’s inescapably catchy with enough firepower to shoot Napoleon into outer space.” -NEST HQ Massive new EP from Bart B More out today on Beatport – go support it if you love big room electro or outer space or cats or Dutch people or sagas. School yourself on NestHQ.
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Lots of licking in this HEARTSREVOLUTION music video for $EX on Paper Magazine. Ride or Die EP out now: http://smarturl.it/rideordie
Watch this amazing video of Hundred Waters opening for The XX at the Greek Theatre in San Fran, and check out their upcoming tour with BRAIDS on PORTALS PORTALS ARTICLE HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Jack Beats – Careless (AC Slater Remix) on Topman CTRL. Remixed Vol. I EP coming Aug 13th
Starting today you can pre-order the I Am Legion LP from Noisia & Foreign Beggars and get the first single “Make Those Move” for FREE.99 PRE-ORDER
If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch the breathtaking video for Ride the Prejudice by Phonat, do yourself a favor and watch it right now on MOX
NEW NEW DOG BLOOD
Check out some photos from Skrillex and Boys Noize recent trip to Asia at NestHQ NEST HQ PHOTO ALBUM
WORLD PREMIERE: Jack Beats – About To Get Fresh ft. Chiddy Bang (Brillz Remix) Jack Beats Remixed Vol. I out TUESDAY AUG 13
WORLD PREMIERE: The M Machine – Ghosts In The Machine (Kill The Noise Remix) on Billboard Metropolis Remixed coming August 27th
WORLD PREMIERE: The M Machine – Moon Song (Digitalism Remix) on Dancing Astronaut Metropolis Remixed coming August 27th
Jump start your weekend with this UKF Dubstep Mix by our very own Rusko And if you haven’t heard it yet, slap yourself then grab a copy of his latest EP “Lift Me Up”. UKF Music Podcast #40 – Rusko in the mix by Ukf on Mixcloud
TODAY TODAY TODAY new Jack Beats with help from our friends Major Lazer, Brillz and AC Slater. Support it if you ♥ these people Buy it on iTunes
BIG NEWS THIS MORNING This Monday, August 19th, OWSLA After Dark will launch on Mistajam’s BBC Radio 1xtra program, featuring a one hour takeover from UK duo, Jack Beats. The new radio show from OWSLA will host 60 minutes of tunes from the label’s friends and family, with Kill The Noise and The M Machine set to take the reins after the Jack Beats debut program. Make sure to tune in Monday at 9PM BST / 4PM EDT / 1PM PDT on Mistajam’s show on BBC and keep your eyes on Nest HQ for information on upcoming radio show dates. #OWSLAAfterDark with MistaJam on BBC Radio 1
AUGUST 20TH // LOT 613 // LA Brodinski // ILLANGELO // LOUISAHHH!!! // MORE TICKETS
WORLD PREMIERE: Kill The Noise, Brillz & Minxx – Saturn (WE ARE GTA Remix) BLACK MAGIC REMIXES on SPIN
“Choosing For You” by I Am Legion is out NOW at the links below. iTUNES BEATPORT Spotify Pre-order the ‘I Am Legion’ album (Sept 2): US Pre-Order UK + Rest of World And if you haven’t already, watch the new video directed by Tony Truand (First of the Year, Bangarang) and get your D knocked in the dirt.
Dog Blood X Lollapalooza X HARD presents… 2013 NEST HQ ARTICLE
WORLD PREMIERE: The M Machine – Faces (Proxy Remix) on Stoney Roads Metropolis Remixes out August 27th STONEY ROADS ARTICLE
The massive new EP from Bart B More is now available on iTunes and all other retailers. “…”Napoleon” is B More at his best – refreshingly unique, impossibly catchy, and downright diabolical.” – Dancing Astronaut iTunes Beatport
WORLD PREMIERE: FIGURE – War Call ft. Del the Funky Homosapien Horns of the Apocalypse EP out SEPT 10
Listen back to OWSLA After Dark Part 1 with Jack Beats and tune in again Sept 2 for a new show with Kill The Noise
WORLD PREMIERE: The M Machine – Shadow In The Rose Garden (Matt Lange Remix) Metropolis Remixed is out on TUESDAY
Premiere of The M Machine – Schadenfreude (Tantrum Desire Remix) on INSPECTOR Metropolis Remixed is out TOMORROW
Metropolis Remixed by The M Machine is out NOW, so go grab a copy for everyone you know – they will thank you later, and you’ll generate lots of good karma. Other people who recently generated good karma include Kill The Noise, Digitalism, Proxy, Shinichi Osawa, Robotaki, Tantrum Desire, Matt Lange and Trifonic for doing these tunes such great justice with their remixes. iTunes
WORLD PREMIERE: Kill The Noise – Jump Ya Body (Exmag Remix) Black Magic Remixes out SEPT 3 THIS SONG IS SICK ARTICLE
WORLD PREMIERE: Kill The Noise – Thumbs Up (For Rock and Roll) (Kill The Noise Remix) ONLY LEGENDS REMIX THEIR OWN TUNES BLACK MAGIC REMIXES COMING TUESDAY
Did you know The M Machine lives and works in Journey ‘s old warehouse in San Fran? Read about that and more in their latest interview with NestHQ. Grab Metropolis Remixed here.
I Am Legion full-length LP out NOW featuring “Make Those Move” and “Choosing For You” Support future music from Noisia and Foreign Beggars iTunes Beatport
Today marks a milestone for OWSLA: OUR 50TH RELEASE OWS050: Kill The Noise – “Black Magic Remixes EP” featuring remixes by WE ARE GTA, Kill Paris, LOUDPVCK, Bro Safari & UFO!, Brillz, Henry Fong, Exmag and more. To celebrate, we’re giving away 50 NEST MEMBERSHIPS. All you have to do to enter is forward your receipt of purchase of the EP to “email@example.com” before 11:59pm PST on September 16th. We’ll notify you by email if you’ve won. Don’t forget to check out the new NEST HQ exclusive interview with Kill The Noise. “Up there, he’s a kid — a living embodiment of his own “Thumbs Up” single, yet his music is far from childish.” -NEST HQ iTunes Beatport
Listen back to OWSLA After Dark Part 2 with Kill The Noise Tune in Monday 9/16 for a new episode with The M Machine
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Kill The Noise, Jack Beats, Alvin Risk ,The M Machine, Seven Lions, KOAN Sound, Kill Paris, ALESIA, David Heartbreak, and SLUGGERS. BRAND NEW TOMORROWWORLD ANTHEM FROM HEARTBREAK (FREE DL)
Massive #wub from the one and only FIGURE today. Thanks to everyone for the massive support so far on Horns of the Apocalypse. Listen below if you haven’t yet and don’t forget to support on Beatport
OWSLA IS 2 YEARS OLD TODAY Thank you all for all of the birthday wishes, and a HUGE thanks to everyone who has made these 2 years so incredibly special. To celebrate, we put together a Spotify playlist of some of the music that has defined OWSLA past, present and future as well as a Beatport chart. Don’t forget to also check out pics from our 2 year birthday party with some of OWSLA’s best family. Here’s to another year of good people and good times. SPOTIFY BEATPORT
Check out the world video premiere of Blood Diamonds – Barcode ft. Dominic Lord via Complex Magazine Barcode EP out now Osaka EP coming Oct COMPLEX MAG ARTICLE
WORLD PREMIERE: Jack Beats – War ft. Example & Diplo (Clockwork Remix) Jack Beats Remixed Vol. II out Sept 24
new Dog Blood today for 4 the streets NestHQ Article iTunes BEATPORT “THROW YO MIDDLE FINGER IF YOU FEEL THIS RELEASE.” -THE DANKLES
HARD presents… BREAKING NEWS
Big wall painter Jim Vision bombs Whitechapel and Shoreditch in the UK with giant murals to celebrate the launch of the I Am Legion LP.
PART III The M Machine #OWSLAAfterDark NEST HQ ARTICLE
Jack Beats Remixed Vol. II out today with palatially regal remixes by A-Trak, Clockwork, and ︻ ƱZ ︻ “A-Trak, Clockwork, and UZ put their respective stamps on “Just the Beat,” “War ft. Example & Diplo,” and “Get Down” — breathing new life into a trio of tunes that rocked the dance world a year ago.” -NEST HQ NEST HQ ARTICLE BEATPORT iTUNES
KOAN Sound & Asa – Sanctuary EP Coming 10/22 in collaboration with Inspected
If you said “enable downloads of all the #OWSLAAfterDark mixes” – you win !! To celebrate 100k Facebook Likes and get ready for the upcoming Blood Diamonds mix this upcoming Monday 9/30, we’ll be making all mixes available on our Soundcloud. As promised – all 3 #OWSLAAfterDark mixes are downloadable from Soundcloud for your weekend adventures. Tune in Monday at 4pm EST / 1pm PST for Part 4 with Blood Diamonds
Hey guys – Just wanted to let you know that in an effort to keep things neat and avoid confusion, we’ve officially changed the name of our Drip.FM subscription service to “Nest IV“ Nest is a broad, overarching term for our culture and our world, and also refers to our physical office in LA. Nest HQ is a music and culture blog, not directly affiliated with OWSLA, that covers mostly underground electronic dance music and the culture surrounding it. Nest IV (pronounced eye-vee, like an IV drip) is this subscription service where our most passionate fans can sign up to receive OWSLA music and lots more. Thanks as always for all of your support and enthusiasm – we love you guys and you are the reason we do this. Long live #NestIV
COMING VERY VERY SOON
If you’re not at Tomorrowworld, pretend like you are with this killer Beatport chart! BEATPORT CHART
WORLD PREMIERE: Blood Diamonds – Apex on Dummy Osaka EP out TUESDAY / vinyl coming soon Listen LIVE to Blood Diamonds guest mix on #OWSLAAfterDark on MONDAY 9/30 at 4pm EST / 1pm PST – http://www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/
TODAY listen live to Episode 4 of #OWSLAAfterDark with Blood Diamonds on BBC Radio 1Xtra Tune in at 3:45pm EST / 12:45pm PST to catch a special interview with the man himself, where he’ll tell you how to swim in the submarine on GTA V and maybe talk about his new EP Osaka which is out TOMORROW BBC 1Xtra
WORLD PREMIERE: Blood Diamonds – Osaka on Pitchfork “But just when you think you know where it’s headed, an “A-ha!” moment arrives that’s only slightly less satisfying than the ensuing payoff—which isn’t a drop so much as a freefall from the edge of space.” -PITCHFORK Osaka EP out everywhere TOMORROW
Pre-order for GESAFFELSTEIN new LP #Aleph is now available from Bromance Records US
Osaka EP by Blood Diamonds is out TODAY Read about it via #NestHQ and stream below NEST HQ ARTICLE iTUNES BEATPORT
If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch this new video from INSIDE Brodinski MOUTH, we highly recommend doing so immediately. via Bromance US Records Gimme Back The Night available now on #BromanceUS
WORLD PREMIERE: GESAFFELSTEIN – ‘Hate or Glory’ official music video via #BromanceUS Read about it on #NestHQ
WORLD PREMIERE: Chase & Status – International (Skrillex Remix) Pre-order “Brand New Machine” (Out Oct 7)
New mural in the series of I Am Legion street takeovers from Jim Vision – check out Part II set by “Powerplay” I Am Legion LP available everywhere now
Our ears are still ringing from Tomorrowworld, so we wanted to share the experience with you. Listen to this killer new playlist commemorating the weekend while you check out all the photos. OWSLA @ TomorrowWorld on Spotify
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WORLD PREMIERE: Crookers – Ghetto Guetta Ghetto Guetta EP coming 10/29
Check the previews for the upcoming KOAN Sound & Asa “Sanctuary” EP, coming Oct 22 in partnership with Inspected PRE-ORDER HERE
NEW Skrillex & Alvin Risk Fall 2013 tour
WORLD PREMIERE: KOAN Sound & Asa – Sanctuary (Official Music Video) “On “Sanctuary,” live strings and drums help set an expansive aural scene — a light-dappled sound that merges the organically orchestral with the electronically epic. And the beautiful animation that comes with only enhances those feelings — nature versus technology, night melding into day, broad vistas marked by unusual details created by Dan Hoang and John Weeks.” -SPIN Pre-order Sanctuary Here (10/22)
WORLD PREMIERE: Crookers – Ghetto Guetta (Official Music Video) #GhettoGuetta EP out 10/29
MORE NEW Skrillex & Alvin Risk #TryHarder
‘OWSLA Presents…Good Times’ coming very soon!
WORLD PREMIERE: What So Not – High You Are (Motez Remix) via Data Transmission High You Are Remix EP out TOMORROW DATA TRANSMISSION ARTICLE
The Try It Out EP by Skrillex and Alvin Risk is available everywhere today – grab yourself a copy before we run out. Just kidding silly, it’s digital. NestHQ iTunes Beatport
WORLD PREMIERE: KOAN Sound & Asa – Starlite Sanctuary EP coming 10/22
Really happy with these What So Not “High You Are” remixes – tons of new talent to watch. Thanks to SCNTST, Motez, The Only (Official), Branchez and Astronomar for stellar work. Support them if you love good music iTUNES BEATPORT
Just got new Blood Diamonds 7″ Osaka/Apex vinyls in the web store “…just when you think you know where it’s headed, an “A-ha!” moment arrives that’s only slightly less satisfying than the ensuing payoff—which isn’t a drop so much as a freefall from the edge of space.” – PITCHFORK All orders receive a limited edition Osaka poster that Blood Diamonds himself made with his bare hands from a tree.
PHUTURISM from Phuture Doom
“OWSLA Presents…Good Times” Really excited for this run of Canadian dates with some of our most exciting young acts. Tickets go on sale Friday 10/18 at 1pm EST via ticketing services for each respective venue. NEST HQ ARTICLE
A very warm thanks to everyone who has helped make today’s Sanctuary EP from KOAN Sound & Asa #2 electronic album on iTunes. Let’s help get this beautiful record to #1 where it belongs! iTUNES BEATPORT
Doing a contest with Decon Records, Mass Appeal and a bunch of other fly cats to give you a chance to produce a song with King Push Pusha T I wonder if Push will ever release anything on OWSLA… Enter the Pusha T Rhythm Roulette Contest and win a chance to produce an exclusive track with King Push! ENTER CONTEST HERE
If you missed it last week, check out OWSLA After Dark Part 5 with Crookers on Radio 1Xtra Tune in next Monday Oct 28th at 4pm EST for a brand new mix from Phuture Doom ahead of their live debut at HARD presents… Day of the Dead BBC1XTRA
World Premiere of Etnik’s track, Neon Daze on MIXMAG “‘Neon Daze’, the title track from his forthcoming EP on OWSLA, sees him brilliantly employ the use of retro computer game-sounding effects, building up to an intimidating buzz in the midst of haunting whispers and clashing symbols.” – Mixmag Neon Daze EP out 11/19
Such a badass video of I Am Legion at Noisia Invites #7 in Amsterdam last week.
#ALEPH is out today and already the #1 Electronic album on iTunes. Congratulations to GESAFFELSTEIN and his entire team. Stream this incredible album on Pitchfork Advance, and grab it on iTunes HERE
If you missed that massive OWSLA After Dark takeover with Phuture Doom, look out this week for the upload this week on Nest HQ. In the meantime, check out the brand new premiere of their latest track, “Doom Terror Corps” on SPIN Phuture Doom LP is out 11/5
Crookers “Ghetto Guetta” EP is out today with remixes from Skitzofrenix and DILLIGAS ““Everything started with a wordplay on ‘Ghetto Guetta,’” Crookers’ Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia says of the track’s origins. “After I came up with that, then I tried to translate that wordplay into music. My idea behind making ‘Ghetto Guetta’ was to use a mainstream break, big chords against simple and effective brass and big drums.” Even if Barbaglia’s description reads like a formula, the track doesn’t sound like one: It’s playful and spontaneous, with the right amount of winks and nods throughout. It’s also been road-tested by Crookers himself.” – Billboard NestHQ iTunes Beatport
WORLD PREMIERE: Etnik – Neon Daze” (Official Music Video) “EDM disciples have caught on to Etnik’s music, after a sting opening for Deadmau5 raised his profile. The 21-year old producer and DJ has since received more than 330,000 plays of the tracks and remixes on his Soundcloud channel.” – Rolling Stone Neon Daze EP out Nov. 19
WORLD PREMIERE: Crookers – “Ghetto Guetta (Skitzofrenix Remix)” on SPIN Ghetto Guetta EP out NOW SPIN ARTICLE
Watch the new video for “Baby F-16” by Panteros666 on Bromance Records #BROMANCEUS
Bloody-Disgusting has the entire Phuture Doom LP up for stream right now – check it out before it drops tomorrow.
So happy with all of the support for today’s Phuture Doom LP – really glad you guys are digging it. Also a VERY special thanks to everyone in LA who came out to the HARD presents… after party Sunday night at LIL DEATH and watched them shred. Look out for a video from the show soon. If you want to support the LP, you can do so here.
Preview the upcoming Teddy Killerz EP with a free download of this killer 5 minute minimix Teddy Massacre EP out Nov. 12 on Beatport
FREE DL ALERT of What So Not‘s new track “Touched” that’s already got almost 100k plays in the first 24 hours. Look out for new WSN music in December….
Teddy Killerz just ruined your relaxing day Teddy Massacre EP is out TUESDAY
New Teddy Killerz “Teddy Massacre” EP out today on Beatport packs a massive punch. Listen for yourself below and grab it here
If you missed it Monday, listen back to KOAN Sound‘s mix for OWSLA After Dark on BBC Radio 1Xtra via Nest HQ FREE DL
Preview the killer EP forthcoming from Bristol bass icon TC and read about it on Nest HQ Get Down Low EP coming Nov. 26th NEST HQ ARTICLE
M.O.S. is a reply to an S.O.S. call from Ministry of Sound’s club in London. Durante made this track to create awareness for the club’s current pressing matters. Do your part to save a home of culture that’s been an influence on creating the sound of today’s electronic music. NEST HQ ARTICLE
WORLD PREMIERE:Etnik – Neon Daze (Mumbai Science Remix) “After hearing the crackling bass hits, and robotesque bleeps of the original, we knew that we would soon have remixes to follow. Today, we’re excited to bring you a glitchy, hard-hitting remix from Belgian techno duo Mumbai Science. In it’s simplistic, underground nature, this remix has an intense personality that commands you to listen. Let the big, haunting chords and ADD riddled beeps and clicks welcome you in.”– THE MUSIC NINJA Neon Daze EP is out TUESDAY MUSIC NINJA ARTICLE
ALESIA ANDREA EP 12/3
JUST ANNOUNCED: GESAFFELSTEIN LIVE @ Webster Hall New York City Dec. 3 Tickets on sale tomorrow
If you haven’t gotten your ticket for the Good Times 2013 Canadian tour yet, this sweet new tool from the folks at smartURL makes it easy to grab tickets for the show closest to you. TICKETS HERE
“If it wasn’t immediately apparent upon seeing the terrifying cover art above, OWSLA signee Seven Lions is in a darker place on his latest single.” – SPIN BUY ON iTUNES HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: ALESIA – “Andrea” Supported by Dog Blood on festival stages across the world this summer. Andrea EP is coming 12/3
Great mini-doc from THUMP gives us some insight into how Seven Lions produces music and spends his free time. Don’t forget to grab today’s new single “Serpent of Old” with Nostalghia
“[Etnik] showcases a masterstroke in production as an array of perfectly orchestrated synths and techno laced beats and deliver an energetic, fast-paced rhythm to leave you fully charged throughout the day.” – THIS SONG IS SICK THIS SONG IS SICK ARTICLE
Phuture Doom is taking over Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn Nov. 30 and THUMP has the exclusive TICKETS THUMP FEATURE
BASS FOR YOUR FACE Grab a free DL of the brand new Teddy Killerz mix with new music from Dog Blood, Dillon Francis, KOAN Sound, Phuture Doom, ALESIA and more at Thissongissick.com THIS SONG IS SICK ARTICLE While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the new Teddy Massacre EP
WORLD PREMIERE: TC – “Get Down Low (The The Mixfitz Rescratch) Unofficial Music Video” on THUMP Seriously worth the watch. Get Down Low EP is out TUESDAY. Pre-order HERE
Wanna see tens of thousands of festival-goers get on their knees at once? Check out the unofficial live video for TC’s absolutely MASSIVE new tune “Get Down Low” on UKF right now and grab the EP tomorrow iTUNES
EVERYBODY GET DOWN LOW EVERYBODY GET DOWN LOW LOW HUGE NEW TC TODAY – ALREADY #8 ITUNES DANCE ALBUM iTUNES
WORLD PREMIERE: ALESIA – “Andrea” (Official Music Video) “Those with motion sickness beware.” – ROLLING STONE Pre-order “Andrea” EP
WORLD PREMIERE: What So Not – “Jaguar” PRE-ORDER HERE Available 12/10
Grab the I Am Legion instrumentals on Beatport today and relish in that Noisia goodness. BEATPORT LINK
NEW YORK CITY: Still a few tickets left for GESAFFELSTEIN at Webster Hall New York City TOMORROW! BUY TICKETS HERE
Really excited about the recent signing of these extremely talented young Parisians, ALESIA, their new “Andrea” EP that’s out today, and a long future ahead with them. Just don’t listen to it alone.
SLUGGERS – “Phantom Fade” EP December 11th on Nest IV Sign up at DRIP.FM/OWSLA
MIAMI: Catch GESAFFELSTEIN with Brodinski, Chance The Rapper, SBTRKT and more at Basel Castle this Saturday Dec. 7 at Grand Central Park
We had a great time at TomorrowWorld this year and look forward to many more to come. Read about it on Nest HQ Big thanks to all of our artists who played – Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk, Seven Lions, The M Machine, KOAN Sound, Kill Paris, David Heartbreak, Alesia, and SLUGGERS
Check out the new EP from Bromance Records own Lil’mike official and Ateph Elidja out today. Grab it on iTunes
Start your week off on the right foot with a special Gotta Dance Dirty guest mix by new OWSLA signee Yogi, fresh off their banging remix of Zedd’s “Stay The Night”
Fresh look at Dog Blood recording in the Red Bull Studios in New York recently.
Thanks to everyone for the waves of great feedback already on the new What So Not single “Jaguar” Really excited to be working with them and sharing their unique style with all of you. Grab “Jaguar” on iTunes
Crookers #GhettoGuetta REMIX CONTEST Winning remix will be released for free on Nest IV and hosted on both OWSLA and Crookers SoundCloud pages. READYSETGO
CONGRATS to Kill The Noise for winning MTV Clubland #PICKOFTHEYEAR 2 YEARS IN A ROW Watch his very based acceptance speech and the winning video over at MTV.
BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR #JAGUAR BY WHAT SO NOT A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
If you missed it Monday, listen back to Alex Metric‘s mix for OWSLA After Dark on BBC Radio 1Xtra via Nest HQ NEST HQ
Catch The M Machine on tour across the US over the next 6 weeks and look out for their incredibly cool new single “Superflat” coming next week.
Starting today, you can grab the exclusive extended Zedd & KDrew remix of “Stay The Night ft. Hayley Williams of Paramore” on Beatport for your peak hour DJ sets. Big up Zedd, one of the original OWSLA artists, on all of his success with this amazing song thus far. Read more about it on NestHQ
Crookers #HEAVY coming soon for FREE DL
Pitchfork included Hundred Waters in their Staff List of the Top 40 Most Anticipated Releases of 2014 and deservedly so. This stuff is completely next-level. “After two years of touring, Hundred Waters appear to be crafting an album every bit as unpredictable and eye-popping as their 2012 debut, as the new material they’ve recently debuted live features even bolder melodies, more complicated arrangements, and rhythms that seemingly adhere to time signatures that don’t use round numbers.” -PITCHFORK
Check out the BRAND NEW OWSLA merch store! New vinyl New threads New treats
MASSIVE guest mix from ALESIA on OWSLA After Dark today – check NEST HQ soon for the stream. In the meantime, we just uploaded Etnik’s mix from a few weeks back. #TECHYES NEST HQ
New The M Machine single “Superflat” is out today on Beatport “…a song that’s anything but.” – SPIN
We’re starting 2014 off in a huge way, with one of the hardest-hitting remix packages we’ve released to date from a young cat by the name of Henry Fong. Seriously, we’re incredibly stoked on this EP and the young stars behind it – much love to Milo & Otis, DallasK and DESTRUCTO. STAND UP FEB 11
Free download of the slick new one from Crookers “Heavy” over on This Song Is Sick THIS SONG IS SICK
WORLD PREMIERE: Henry Fong – “Stand Up” [Remastered] PRE-ORDER “THE STAND UP EP” HELP SPREAD WORD
Check out the video for pennybirdrabbit’s “Maybe” on Noisey VIBES
South West Family. Kill The Noise &
“Our data shows that this mix comprises the extreme fringes of electronic music, one of Phuture Doom’s primary genre classifications. Derived from obsolete P2P networks, these art forms were amassed by and reveal boundaries of the current human psyche. Consumer priming mechanisms for release candidate PD1.2-rc3 must account for all formats and models of human communication and perception, including: Print, Audio,Visual, Tactile… P-HEP Effectiveness hinges upon it.” -The Marketing Bureau
HEARTSREVOLUTION “Ride or Die” LP coming April 15th! Look out for the first single/video very soon. __________________________________________________________________ “Entitled Ride or Die, the album will include 13 tracks described in press materials as “a blend of bubble-gum pop sensibilities with Riot Grrrl ferocity that explores childlike innocence along with a visceral revolutionary spirit.” – FACT Magazine
WORLD PREMIERE of Henry Fong’s new track, “Stand Up” (Milo & Otis Remix)! Stand Up EP out February 11 “But only one of those remixes sprinkles in a sample of Jessie Pinkman of Breaking Bad’s infamous catchphrase—”Bitch!”—and it’s the one by fellow LA dwellers Milo & Otis. The duo delivers a NOLA bounce-inspired rework of Fong’s already attitude-filled track, with plenty of double-drop nastiness to ensure no twerk gets left behind.” – THUMP
Big up Dave Chappelle crowdsurfing at the Skrillex show in San Fran last night
Wanna win a signed limited edition OWSLA jacket and a Skype with Henry Fong ? All you have to do is pledge a social media post to help support his Stand Up EP Feb 11. The best part – EVERYONE who pledges get a FREE MONTH OF NEST IV!! Head over to Your EDM to claim your treats.
WORLD PREMIERE: Phonat – “Never” on Mr.SuicideSheep “Phonat shows so many sides of his production ability, with soulful downtempo in Never.” -SALACIOUS SOUND Pre-order the Never EP (Feb 18) HERE
SUCH TURBO VERY FADE New video for
WORLD PREMIERE : Henry Fong – Stand Up (DESTRUCTO Remix) “Destructo’s take embraces the darker LA sounds that define the style of the HARD Events brand. Forward-thinking and fiendishly gritty, Richards’ remix taps the concrete floors and heavy echoes of warehouse haunts, shifting the track’s focus with touches of trap wrapped in a deeply groovy techno package.” – Dancing Astronaut
[NEST024] Henry Fong – “Stand Up” EP Three totally original and unique takes on a massive original smash hit – big up Milo & Otis, Destructo and DallasK for their stellar treatments. SUPPORT HERE
Today via OWSLA/Big Beat Records we bring you “For Love”, the new EP from our good friend PENNYBIRDRABBIT “The five track offering blurs the line between electro-pulsating head-trips and woozy dreamlike ballads.” – ELLE SUPPORT HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Phonat – “Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)” Never EP coming Feb 18 UK ALL DAY
WORLD PREMIERE: HEARTSREVOLUTION – “KISS” (Official Music Video) PRE-ORDER THE RIDE OR DIE LP HERE Coming out April 15,2014
ayyyy we’re up for Beatport Label of the Year in the 2014 #BeatportAwards ! Thank YOU ALL for all of your support this year – now go vote and let’s show them how we do !! VOTE HERE
Getting excited for
Check out Nest HQ’s recap of Holy Ship 2014 featuring all of your favorite EDM villains. Big up GLENJAMN.COM #HOLYSHIP #SHIPFAM
Phonat – Never EP [OWS075] “In the span of his two originals, Phonat shows so many sides of his production ability, with soulful downtempo in Never, and an older underground glitch hop sound in Phase to Face, reminiscent of his Identity Theft EP.” – SalaciousSound SUPPORT
HUNDRED WATERS CAVITY
Listen back to the final episode of OWSLA After Dark hosted by the one and only Hundred Waters Read more on NestHQ
Brand new episode of NPR’s All Things Considered out today with new music from Hundred Waters “Check out the lovely single, filled with airy vocals, longing violin and unusual percussion.” -NPR
Watch the exclusive Nest HQ recap of the Skrillex San Francisco takeovers right HERE Appearances by Dave Chappelle, WE ARE GTA, ASAP Rocky, Alvin Risk, Jack Beats, Etnik, Claude VonStroke, and many more. SAN FRANPSYCHO
New Dog Blood remixes are out March 4 !! Big up BAMBOUNOU, Kevin Saunderson
WORLD PREMIERE: Jack Beats – “Beatbox” (Official Music Video) starring EVERYONE Seriously… big up Skrillex, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Diplo, Duke Dumont, Annie Mac, Justin Martin & everyone else who dropped by Pre-order Beatbox EP HERE(Mar 18)
WORLD PREMIERE: Hundred Waters – “Cavity” (Official Music Video) “‘Cavity’ is like watering a field but so much it becomes muddy, or filling a bathtub with so much water it just floods the house,” writes Hundred Waters’ lead singer Nicole Miglis. The song, and its video, are kind of like that quote — familiar but just out of reach.” – NPR Music Watch the incredible video and support the first single from the forthcoming album on iTunes today iTUNES
WORLD PREMIERE: Yogi ft. Pusha T – “Burial” “Let’s just say, Boo-Boo has nothing on these three insanely talented artists, and March is going to be another month of madness with Yogi.” – The Music Ninja
Currently reliving Holy Ship 2014 through this killer recap video from the homies at HARD presents… Can’t wait til 2015 #RespectTheShip
Brand new “Chella Ride” video from Dog Blood “Overlapping images flash throughout the high octane visuals, bouncing back and forth between elaborate visions of the cockpit, sketchy government photos and documents, and a whirlwind of destruction in and out of the flying craft.” – Nest HQ Watch the video HERE
THIS JUST IN Skrillex x BK x Nest HQ Watch the exclusive recap video
#SXSW: Join us Thursday 3/13 @ Empire Garage for OWSLA OUTDOOR featuring Skrillex, Hundred Waters, Alex Metric,
#SXSW: The OFFICIAL OWSLA SHOWCASE will be Saturday 3/15 @ The Main with performances by Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk, Valentino Khan, David Heartbreak and HEARTSREVOLUTION
“Ambient soundscapes underlay interwoven retrofuturism of glitch and 70s funk, grounding the package in the organic. There is an inherent religiosity in the interplay between past and future as well as manmade and nature.” KOAN Sound – Dynasty EP | April 1st PRE-ORDER HERE
Skrillex presents The Mothership Tour 2014 featuring Dillon Francis, DJ SNAKE, Milo & Otis, and What So Not
“Sit back and enjoy as legendary UK producer duo Jack Beats take us on a voyage within the bass music spectrum as they deliver a mix of goods leading up to their upcoming guest installment within the prestigous FabricLive compilation album history.” -THIS SONG IS SICK Jack Beats just dropped a killer mix to promote their upcoming FabricLive compilation and Beatbox EP. If you live under a rock and haven’t seen the “Beatbox” video yet, check it out HERE
OWSLA presents….GOOD TIMES MIAMI featuring (deep breath) Skrillex, A-Trak, CRAZE, Jack Beats, Boys Noize, Benny Benassi, Brodinski, Milo & Otis, and many many more Tickets HERE
The KOAN Sound ‘Dynasty EP’ previews are up !! PRE-ORDER HERE Catch them on tour across North America in April & May with Minnesota. TICKETS HERE
A lot of you guys were asking about it, so we made Yogi’s “Burial” ft. Pusha T available for sale today – go grab it! SUPPORT HERE
After more than 2 years, we’re incredibly excited to bring you new music from boss dog Skrillex. There aren’t many words to do this record justice, so we’ll let the music speak for itself SUPPORT HERE
Supported by everyone from Zane Lowe to Skrillex, the Beatbox EP from Jack Beats is finally here. “Hit play; you won’t be disappointed.” – Do Androids Dance SUPPORT HERE
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED MAKE Skrillex #RECESS #2 OVERALL ON iTunes If you haven’t grabbed it yet, you can do so! SUPPORT HERE
As if you needed another reason to grab tickets to #GoodTimesMiami, everyone who buys a ticket will be entered to win 4x VIP passes to the OWSLA x Red Bull pool party on Friday 3/28, 2x VIP passes to see Skrillex @ Mansion on Friday night 3/28, and a custom LED Good Times beer pong table. Two runners up will receive smooth new OWSLA jackets. Post a screenshot of your ticket confirmation on Facebook or Instagram with #GoodTimesMiami before 8pm EST on Tuesday 3/25 for a chance to win !! Tickets HERE
New KOAN Sound “Lost In Thought” is so cool !! Pre-order HERE the Dynasty EP (Apr 1)
THIS JUST IN Skrillex x THE DAM x Nest HQ Watch the exclusive recap video
MIAMIIIIII! Join us Friday 3/28 at the
New Bart B More! “Bart B More returns for another solid official release for OWSLA, with the Indigo EP.” -Nest HQ SUPPORT HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: KOAN Sound – Dynasty EP via Rolling Stone iTUNES ROLLING STONE ARTICLE
Big up all our homies who helped make KOAN Sound‘s new Dynasty EP #3 iTunes Electronic album and #1 in the UK ! If you haven’t heard it yet, stream it in its entirety below and grab it on iTunes @ HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Skrillex – “Ragga Bomb w/ Ragga Twins” (Official Music Video)
HEARTSREVOLUTION Ride or Die LP is coming SO SOON !!! SPREAD THE HEARTS Pre-order HERE
HOPE, ‘CAUSE I LEARNT TO COPE Alex Metric & Oliver dare you not to dance to this one 4/22
If you’re not up on Moody Good better catch up !! USA can get “Musicbx” by Moody Good for free today on iTunes when you pre-order the album HERE Watch the video for “Musicbx” and grab a free DL of his Slum Village remix HERE.
Yogi – “Burial” ft. Pusha T (Lyric Video) Grab Burial on iTunes HERE
Check out “Galaxy” from Alex Metric and Oliver off the Hope EP coming next Tuesday Pre-order HERE
The wait is finally over!! The Ride or Die LP from HEARTSREVOLUTION is out everywhere today and we couldn’t be more excited. Watch the brand new video for “Ride or Die” below and grab the album on iTunes HERE!
Can’t wait for Alex Metric’s Hope EP next week? This should hold you over…big up Oliver too! Pre-order Hope EP HERE
LA: Come celebrate the new HEARTSREVOLUTION record with us tonight at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel !!
WORLD PREMIERE: Hundred Waters – “Xtalk” Pre-order “The Moon Rang Like A Bell” & get 3 tracks instantly HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Kill Paris – “The Walk” Pre-order Foreplay EP HERE
LOS ANGELES: Come celebrate the launch of our new clothing collaboration with Long Clothing at The Well next Tuesday – lots of special guest DJs RSVP HERE
BIG UP HARD presents… HARD SUMMER Can’t wait til August
Kick off your summer with the Hope EP
Photos from last night’s OWSLA x Long Clothing collection launch party are up thanks to PHHHOTO! Big up to The Well for having us PICS HERE
New Kill Paris on Trapcity !! Pre-order the Foreplay EP HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Kill Paris – Foreplay EP “Soulful funk producer / DJ Kill Paris has struck gold on his second EP titled Foreplay…” -THIS SONG IS SICK Available everywhere TOMORROW PRE-ORDER HERE
Is your lady saying she needs more #Foreplay? Are you having trouble keeping things exciting? Try the new #Foreplay EP from Kill Paris and give us a call in the morning iTUNES HERE
Official #GoodTimesMIA recap video via #NestHQ !!
Skrillex | Dillon Francis | DJ SNAKE | What So Not | Milo & Otis #MothershipTour2014 TICKETS HERE
If you haven’t already, stream KillParis new Foreplay EP on Spotify!!
Color outside the lines with HEARTSREVOLUTION! Grab the new album from our webstore in your choice of CD + coloring book or vinyl + MP3 download HERE WEBSTORE LINK
Join us in the desert of Arcosanti for a magical weekend experience to celebrate the release of Hundred Waters new album “The Moon Rang Like A Bell” along with our homies Alvin Risk, How To Dress Well, Majical Cloudz, ESKMO and more The event is FREE but space is limited ARCOSANTI LINK HERE
PUNK’S NOT DEAD Skrillex x NME Magazine In circulation 5/10/2014
New track by Kill the Zo!! Check it out and be sure to get tickets for their upcoming Kill the Zo tour HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Moody Good – “Hotplate” (3 Verse Version) “Fans of raucous, noisy and infectiously loud music, take note, this one goes in hard.” -MIXMAG Pre-order the Moody Good LP HERE
All the hugeness of the original, but with a dnb twist — try the Prolix remix of “Hotplate” by Moody Good today and taste the difference! THIS SONG IS SICK ARTICLE PRE-ORDER MOODY GOOD
New New from Alesia “When I asked Nicolas and Lémuel of Parisian duo, Alesia, how they chose the name for their new single “ACII,” they told me it comes from the Latin word for “penetrating force. Listening through the track’s intergalactic zips and pummeling sub bass rhythms, one doesn’t feel penetrated so much as engulfed by their retrofuturistic, icy electro vibes.” -THUMP
DUBPLATE !! Grab Hotplate from Moody Good along with a banging Prolix remix PRE-ORDER THE MOODY GOOD LP SUPPORT HOTPLATE
#WILD by Snails & Antiserum out May 20th on OWSLA!!
#TBT OWSLA at #SXSW14!! | Official recap video drops tomorrow!!
COME SEE KOAN Sound & Minnesota on their US Tour at AVALON HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT!! TICKETS HERE
In case you missed our SXSW recap video, watch it over on LessThan3 right now ! #GoodTimes
As fellow DTLA citizens and close friends, we’ve been fortunate enough to watch closely as Hundred Waters toiled day and night to bring this album into the world, and now the day is finally here when we get to help them share it with you. Before we start crying like parents on the first day of school, head over to NPR and stream The Moon Rang Like A Bell in its entirety. “It’s counter-intuitive, but making deeply emotional music often comes across as a matter of restraint and timing, calculation and manipulation, rather than as an indulgence or purging.” -NPR NPR STREAM
Don’t sleep on Yogi Dudes are the truth, word to Dr Dre “…dance and hip-hop are locked in a closer embrace than ever. Few can claim to straddle the stylistic line as well as Yogi,…” -BILLBOARD BILLBOARD ARTICLE
Don’t miss KOAN Sound & Minnesota at Webster Hall New York City this Friday May 23rd! TICKETS HERE
HUGE new tune from Snails and Antiserum called “Wild” – expect to hear this one everywhere
PREMIERE: Check out the new Kill Paris #FILA video on THUMP! THUMP LINK
“The man covers a staggering amount of ground, from the sampledelic jazz of the “Eulogy” pieces, to the 3D beat music of “Living Off the High,” to the African chant of “Ziambey,” to the power-tool dubstep of “Docbond.” Also: breakbeat, house, two-step, ambient, R&B, rap… You get the idea.” -SPIN Preview the incredible Moody Good LP on SPIN with this delightfully twisted teaser PRE-ORDER MOODY GOOD LP
So excited to share this wonderful piece of art with the world and could not be more proud of this band. They’ve lovingly labored day and night for the past year writing this album, including endless hours in the basement of the ol’ NestHQ, and the day has finally come to set it free into the world. Stream ‘The Moon Rang Like A Bell’ from Hundred Waters below and support great music and great people here iTUNES RELEASE PAGE
Vote Jack Beats “Beatbox” for rotation on mtvU!! VOTE HERE
Stream the entire Moody Good LP in all of its beauty and wickedness over at FACT Magazine FACT MAGAZINE ARTICLE
CONGRATS Hundred Waters – 8.3 / Best New Music on Pitchfork “Hundred Waters thrive in the place where post-rock meets freak folk, and sing-song melodies are twisted into strange shapes by circuitry.” -PITCHFORK
Moody Good LP getting great reviews… Pre-order now (June 3)
If you’re new to Hundred Waters grab their first LP for $5 on Amazon MP3 AMAZON MP3 LINK
Yogi tells us what he’s listening to right now on BILLBOARD
If you love bass music, don’t sleep on one of the most important albums of the year. The Moody Good LP is out today from the master himself, Mr. Eddie Jefferys. SUPPORT HERE
STRAWBERRY GANG BABY JACK BEATS, KILL THE NOISE, WHAT SO NOT, ALEX METRIC, THE M MACHINE, HENRY FONG, VALENTINO KHAN, DAVID HEARTBREAK, ALESIA, ETNIK
Grab a FREE DL of the sinister remix of Moody Good‘s “Hotplate” by Parisian dark lords ALESIA over on Vogue VOUGE LINK
The king of summer Alex Metric just dropped a new mixtape to get you in the groove for the OWSLA Stage at HARD presents… HARD Summer. Grab it for free below and send it to your summer crush
“We try to take influences from hip hop and find a good medium or a good, natural place where they meet so it doesn’t feel forced. Every beat is different, every beat holds a different emotion.”-YOGI REDBULL ARTICLE LINK TRACK LINK
NEW YORK! Come hang with us at Webster Hall Saturday for the official The Governors Ball Music Festival after party with Skrillex, Branchez and Nick Hook
Check out “Kickin Down Doors” by Santigold produced by Yogi SOUNDCLOUD LINK
WHAT A REMIX. This Teddy Killerz take on I Am Legion is going down in remix history.
Monday mornings are for Moody Good STREAM HERE
Only 2 days left to enter the Mothership Tour Flyaway Contest! Enter at ThisSongIsSick
If you haven’t already, make sure you listen to the magical album from Hundred Waters, The Moon Rang Like A Bell. STREAM HERE
WORLD PREMIERE: Hundred Waters – “Murmurs” (Official Video)
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Click the link below and enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Skrillex The Eden Sessions show in Cornwall on 6/25! TICKET CONTEST LINK
R U getting #Wild this weekend? Big up Snails and Antiserum
“Their performance was a consecration.” – SPiN Read the full recap from Hundred Waters’ album release event at #FORMArcosanti over on SPiN Big thank you to our sponsors Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Lucky Buddha Beer, Boxed Water is Better, BitTorrent Inc.
OUT NOW: I Am Legion Remixes with remixes from Alix Perez, Starkey, Suburban Dark, Teddy Killerz, EPROM, DBridge, Nightwatch, Sui Generis and PHACE! SUPPORT
Grab a free DL of ANAMANAGUCHI’s remix of HEARTSREVOLUTION’s “Kill Your Radio” AND Share this post with the hashtag #HeartsLA for a chance to win a pair of VIP ticket to their show together at the El Rey Theatre in LA this Friday!
Watch the brand new Hundred Waters video for “Out Alee”, shot on site at their album release party in Arcosanti, AZ, and don’t miss them on their upcoming US tour beginning next week. TOUR TICKETS
We’re live-streaming Skrillex at Red Rocks with Jack Beats, Vindata, Tchami, and DJ Mustard on June 21!! MOTHERSHIP STREAM
DAVID HEARTBREAK WAR OF THE ROSES EP drops Thursday PRE-ORDER LINK
WORLD PREMIERE: David Heartbreak – Rebel (TrollPhace Remix) War of the Roses EP out THURSDAY PRE-ORDER LINK THIS SONG IS SICK ARTICLE
Killer new video for the Yogi-produced “Kickin Down Doors” by Santigold Grab “Burial” ft. Pusha T HERE on iTunes
If you haven’t heard David Heartbreak’s War Of The Roses EP with remixes from TrollPhace and AC Slater, stream it on your preferred service
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RECESS REMIXES JULY 7 !! All of them so large in their own special ways… BIG UP Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop, Michael Angelakos, Milo & Otis, Valentino Khan, Ape Drums, and Flux Pavilion
OUT NOW: The first collection of remixes from boss dog Skrillex’s Recess album, and it’s one for the books. To quote Dr Dre, “This should be played at high volume…preferably in a residential area” Much love to all of the remixers Milo & Otis, Valentino Khan, Ape Drums, and Flux Pavilion, and of course the OG collaborators Kill The Noise>, Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos SUPPORT HERE
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Find out how Yogi caught the ear of Dr Dre and more in The Guardian GUARDIAN LINK
Tune in at 1PM PST to catch Yogi’s guest mix on BBC Radio 1Xtra BBC RADIO 1XTRA
WORLD PREMIERE: Check out Valentino Khan’s insane new single, “Make Some Noise feat. DJ Kool from his upcoming EP, “In Khan We Trust” out July 22nd Pre-order Link
Want to know what it takes to spark the interest of producers like Skrillex and Dr Dre? Tune into the Yogi Production Q&A on Twitter this Friday at 11AM PST
WORLD PREMIERE: Official teaser for the upcoming In Khan We Trust EP from Valentino Khan | Out July 22nd Pre-order Link
OUT NOW: Yogi – Burial EP featuring the MASSIVE single Burial feat. Pusha T and Christian Bale feat. Casey Veggies, Knytro, Sway DaSafo, KSIOlajideBT, THEY CALL ME RAPTOR! SUPPORT LINK
Tune into LessThan3 at 3PM PST for an EXCLUSIVE LIVE STREAM of the upcoming Valentino Khan EP, In Khan We Trust, followed by a LIVE Q&A with Valentino! INTERACTIVE LINK
Catch Yogi on the TODDLA T show at 6PM PST/2AM GMT on BBC Radio 1 BBC 1XTRA LINK
Catch yung Valentino Khan dropping some heat from his new EP on Benny Benassi & Friends tonight at 8pm PST ON AIR STREAM LINK
SHOUT OUT Kill The Noise WE SEE U Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign – “Shell Shocked” (prod. by
OUT NOW: Valentino Khan – In Khan We Trust EP “Try to stay still while this one is on, I dare you.” – Do Androids Dance SUPPORT LINK
In case you haven’t heard yet, huge new one from Alex Metric coming soon MIXMAG LINK
Tons of new and unreleased stuff in this new mix from Snails including treats from Skrillex, MUST DIE, DATSIK, Protohype and more, plus some killer new “Wild” remixes. READ MORE ON THISSONGISSICK.COM
Follow Yogi and enter for a chance to win an OWSLA x Long Clothing bomber jacket and a pair of Beats by Dre headphones! MORE INFO HERE | Contest ends 8/3!
BIG UP MistaJam for previewing the new Kill Paris Foreplay Remixes on BBC Radio 1Xtra last night !! Remixes from Krafty Kuts, Joker, Wicked City, and Random Movement coming 8/26 Listen back from 01:02:00 HERE
Just added Snails to the OWSLA stage @ HARD Summer !! Plan out your weekend with the HARD APP HARD APP LINK
WORLD PREMIERE: Schoolboy Q – “Hell Of A Night (Yogi Remix)” “The first time I heard this song, I knew I really wanted to put it out on OWSLA, so I called my homie Dave at Interscope and we decided to team up and kill it for Yogi” – Skrillex Read more on Complex
Spotify users – keep up with the newest OWSLA releases by subscribing to our New Releases playlist. You’ll get a smooth notification email every time new music is available to stream !
We want YOU: To be in Valentino Khan’s new music video. We will be filming in Downtown, Los Angeles on Friday August 8th around 3pm. If you’re free & interested in participating, submit your entry to the below form and we’ll email you letting you know if you’ve been selected! All winners will also be given t-shirts & a month’s subscriptions of OWSLA IV, where you can download all of our recent releases for FREE. ENTRY FORM LINK
Only 4 days left to enter to win a pair of Beats by Dre headphones and an OWSLA x Long Clothing bomber jacket! DETAILS HERE
LA Weekly says What So Not and Jack U are two of the must see acts at
Get your HARD presents… Summer vibes on with our HARD Summer Spotify playlist ! See you Saturday for the OWSLA Stage HARD SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HARD SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HARD SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
Skrillex is taking over Complex’s #AlienWeek with a series of 5 unique interviews this week! COMPLEX COVER STORY COMPLEX COVER STORY COMPLEX COVER STORY
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MEGA SUMMER ANTHEM VIBES ALERT “Heart Weighs A Ton” by Alex Metric ft. Stefan Storm is out TODAY iTUNES
COMING 8/26: Kill Paris – Foreplay Remixes featuring Krafty Kuts, Random Movement, Joker, and Wicked City!! Pre-Order Link
Thanks to everyone who came out and made the OWSLA stage HARD presents… HARD Summer 2014 our best one yet. Photo credit: DONSLENS PHOTO ALBUM LINK
IMMA TRY IT OUT Official Music Video hi Skrillex hi Alvin Risk
Grab the HEARTSREVOLUTION Ride or Die LP on the low low as part of Google Play’s Summer Sale from now until Aug 19! GOOGLE PLAY’S SUMMER SALE GOOGLE PLAY’S SUMMER SALE GOOGLE PLAY’S SUMMER SALE
Did you stop by the HEARTSREVOLUTION crystal ice cream truck at #HARDSUMMER? Send us your pics to enter to win an OWSLA swag pack !
Today’s #FridayMorningFeels is a classic OWSLA staple – What So Not – “High You Are (Branchez Remix)” #FMF
For all my STREAMERS, check out the brand new single “Heart Weighs A Ton” by Alex Metric ft. Stefan Storm on your preferred streaming service using the clever link below ! SPOTIFY STREAM
New mega banger “Pump This” from Snails and HeRobust coming to a festival near you Aug 19th
Got a free mix for you from Yogi with Bonafide Magazine Free DL
To celebrate Kill The Noise’s “Majestic As Fak” tour, we’re hosting a special Q & FAKING A on his Facebook tomorrow to discuss production, touring, cats, death, heavy metal, and other important subjects. We’ll be broadcasting live from NestHQ at 1pm PST along with pals
“If MUST DIE’s festival-flattening selection is any indicator of what we can expect from the rest of the record, Death & Magic is about to be a gripping, low-end thrill ride.” – Dancing Astronaut
Official ALESIA remix of Jeremih going HARD on some future shit. Keep your eye on these guys
PUMP THIS! – Snails & HeRobust coming Aug 19th #BigRoomBarf
Yo only one more week left to grab the HEARTSREVOLUTION Ride or Die LP on Google Play’s Summer Sale! GOOGLE PLAY’S SUMMER SALE GOOGLE PLAY’S SUMMER SALE GOOGLE PLAY’S SUMMER SALE
For all our Euro friends, catch Hundred Waters on tour starting September 30th! And peep their feature with HungerTV
Big remix from Laidback Luke of ‘Heart Weighs a Ton’ by Alex Metric to start off your Monday. YOUR EDM LINK
Lace ‘em up and PUMP THIS with
We could say so much about the ‘Heart Weighs A Ton’ video from Alex Metric, but maybe you should just watch for yourself as one person’s life is changed by music and dance. This is a true story. BUZZFEED LINK
Have you grabbed Snails and HeRobust – “Pump This” on Beatport yet? Let’s break the top 10 ! BEATPORT LINK
Drown in the feels this morning with ‘Sanctuary’ by KOAN Sound and Asa #FridayMorningFeels #FMF
WORLD PREMIERE: MUST DIE – “Hellcat” “Turn the speakers all the way up and kiss your eardrums goodbye…”– THIS SONG IS SICK Pre-order the Death & Magic LP & get Hellcat free HERE
Look ma we made it Alex Metric CBS 2 Los Angeles #heartweighsaton
Check these genre-bending remixes of Kill Paris‘s recent Foreplay EP from the likes of Wicked City Krafty Kuts Joker and Random Movement ! Make sure to support the funk HERE
Introducing #GoodTimesTV ….a raw and uncut behind-the-scenes look at the good people and good times that define OWSLA Share it if you dig it! big up David Heartbreak
Big ups Revolt TV for listing Yogi & Jack Beats as one of the top acts at TomorrowWorld! Fair warning not to miss out on his set ARTICLE HERE
Get stoked for the Hundred Waters tour with this live video of ‘Animals’ TOUR TICKETS
“I’ve always said my aim is to translate the element of surprise in my music. It’s important I surprise myself musically, too…” – MUST DIE Can’t wait for MUST DIE‘s debut album on OWSLA Sept 30th? Neither can we. Hold yourself over by reading up on MUST DIE‘s inspiration behind the album and more over on UKF UKF ARTICLE
Such a fun party thank you IHC Presents:, Los Globos, FYF Fest and Vindata, Grimes, Skrillex, Mija, Durante PHOTO SET
MUST DIE Death & Magic tour tix
DJs don’t forget to grab the new Kill Paris remixes on Beatport – Thanks to everyone who has helped make us #14 on the Glitch-Hop chart so far ! BEATPORT SUPPORT
This Galantis vs. Alex Metric remix of Heart Weighs A Ton feels like jumping in a bounce house in outer space with all of your best friends. Look out for the Heart Weighs A Ton remixes on Oct 12
Monday morning vibes from the dog Durante. Check the new single ‘Slow Burn’ out September 15th on Nest HQ.
“Giant builds, mammoth drops and piercing noises so sharp that they’ll draw blood. Check it.” – Mixmag WORLD PREMIERE: MUST DIE – Gem Shards Pre-order the Death & Magic LP and get “Hellcat” and Gem Shards” FREE
DJs grab your copy of The Lawnmower by Aryay on Beatport starting today and keep your eyes on the young kid from Chicago BEATPORT SUPPORT
Watch the 2014 HARD presents… #DOTD trailer starring our own Valentino Khan, Zedd and more. Quite possibly the best #HARD trailer yet !
Celebrating 3 years of OWSLA this Sunday with our friends Mija, Vindata, Blood Diamonds, and Skrillex and more! Tickets Here
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Proud to announce the OWSLA tent will be returning to TomorrowWorld this year with ALESIA, Jack Beats, Foreign Beggars, HEARTSREVOLUTION, Valentino Khan, Yogi, David Heartbreak, Alex Metric, Milo & Otis and Alvin Risk To celebrate, we put together a mix of some of the dopest music from each artist, including 6 exclusive never-before-heard tracks. Stream it on The FADER and learn how you can enter to win a VIP weekend at #TomorrowWorld by donating to Bridges for Music
WORLD PREMIERE: JACK Ü – “Take Ü THERE” FT KIESZA on BBC with Zane Lowe Pre-Order Here
Don’t forget you can enter to win a VIP trip to hang out with OWSLA artists at TomorrowWorld and support Bridges for Music at the same time! Only 5 days left to donate! SUPPORT HERE
The Lawnmower from Aryay is #2 on Beatport Hip-Hop! DJs don’t forget to grab it for your weekend set. SUPPORT ON BEATPORT
“The track highlights Tkay Maidza spitting fresh rhymes over MUST DIE’s warbling loops and drums tied together with click-track-y claps. Adding various effects that go from sparse to cohesive to resinous by the song’s end, Must Die! imprints big anticipation for an exciting album to follow.” –VIBE Pre-order Death & Magic and get “Hellcat” and “Gem Shards” FREE
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The official video for Make Some Noise by Valentino Khan is out tomorrow. Trust us, you’re not gonna wanna miss this one
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WORLD PREMIERE: OWSLA IRL Episode 2 – The Show. Make sure to tune in for a new episode every Wednesday in September.
DOUBLE WORLD PREMIERE: Valentino Khan – “Make Some Noise (Official Music Video)” X “Make Some Noise (VIP)” Watch the video on YouTube Grab a FREE DL of the VIP here
NEW JACK Ü ON ITUNES. Perfect for the Thursday night bounce and guaranteed to get the club goin up on Tuesday. SUPPORT
YUNG DURANTE coming in hot with those #FridayMorningFeels Slow Burn #FMF
Alex Metric’s stock as an internationally in-demand producer, remixer and DJ show no signs of slowing. Fresh from three consecutive US headline tours with sets at the huge EDC in Las Vegas plus numerous HARD appearances, London-born Alex Metric is having something of a moment since setting up home within Skrillex’s OWSLA camp in 2013. Despite sustaining his prominence within the UK dance scene over the years, whether via his own productions or quality remixes that consistently see him topping the tastemaker Hype Machine Charts, Metric has successfully made that leap over the big pond and boy, has it paid dividends. Catching the wave of interest in all things electronic from our American cousins, Alex has been in constant motion across the Atlantic these past 18 months, playing clubs the lengths and breadth of the country including the legendary Popscene at Rickshaw Shop in San Francisco, LA’s Avalon Room and the Webster Hall in New York. Metric has proved time and time again that he can hold his own alongside heavyweights such as OWSLA label boss Skrillex, Calvin Harris and A-Trak and finally, the World is stopping to take notice. But what lead Metric here? Looking back, Metric sees his 2011 debut album Open Your Eyes featuring the likes of Charli XCX and Ian Brown as the encapsulation of his production work to date. Once arguably better known for his consistent and game-changing remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, N.E.R.D, Ellie Goulding, Bloc Party, and La Roux, Metric has long shown an apt ability to manipulate tracks and then stamp himself right through them. Producing other people’s records is the realisation of a dream, but even as a teenager growing up in the countryside, it was something Alex wanted to do. He could sing and learnt to play the keyboard at an early age but never warmed to the idea of being in a band himself. Initially an indie kid, his conversion to dance music came when he once missed the bus home and decided to kill some time in a record shop. Fatboy Slim’s 1996 album Better Living Through Chemistry was playing at one of the listening posts. “I was blown away. There were guitars, these big broken beats and this mad energy. I bought it there and then. It was a massive turning point.” After studying music at college in Guildford, Alex released a string of singles on a series of dance labels—a mix of progressive house, breakbeat and techno. His break came in 2006 when he signed to Adam Freeland’s Marine Parade label. “I’d been making proggy, breakbeaty stuff and I was doing OK at it,” he remembers. “But one night I was DJing in Russia and I realised right there on stage that I didn’t like the records I was making. I had an epiphany. I thought: What’s the music I love? French house, rock music, electro. Why don’t I chuck everything I love into one record?” The result was his 2007 single “Whatshewants”, the starting point on the journey towards his current position as one of dance music’s most exciting new talents. Fast forward to a few years later, and Metric’s focus has naturally honed to what he does best: making banging club records for clubbers and DJs alike. The self-released ‘Rave Weapon’ in 2012 did just what it said on the tin – got dancefloors heaving and BBC Radio 1 hot under the collar: a camp that has long supported him with everyone from Annie Mac to Pete Tong playing his records. The latter even personally invited Metric to play his 20th anniversary show at the BBC’s hallowed Maida Vale studios in London. 2013 followed in a similar vein with the second release in his now legendary ‘Ammunition’ series for OWSLA, featuring the stunning ‘Prophecies’ which cranked things up to 1000 and propelled Metric even further into the big arena league with a its mechanical beat juxtaposed against sweet melodies. That was swiftly followed early 2014 with the current Ammunition collection via ‘Hope’, which came through to raise the bar and announce Metric to the world as a vanguard of contemporary electronic innovations. New release ‘Heart Weighs A Ton’ sees Metric arguably jump two-feet in to the ‘chameleon’ tag with a pop-tinged track that looks set to outstrip all of his previous releases as the biggest yet. Metric is certainly carving out a niche in the new frontier of electronic music in America. Skrillex’s respect for him as DJ and producer paved the way for him to settle down nicely amongst his OWSLA label mates. Metric continues to reinterpret and pay homage to the great genres of UK dance past while weaving in the freshest contemporary sounds of his new home. A chameleon maybe, but Alex Metric is undeniably one of the greatest contemporary UK dance exports.
Globally known, Brooklyn-born DAVID HEARTBREAK remains accredited as an innovative leader in electronic dance music (EDM). He began his musical journey in hip-hop but his eclectic evolution of sound translates from his love of traveling and his interest in different cultures. Currently he has performed in over 30 countries. His Inspiration comes from listening to different genres of music from all around the globe. Some of his direct influences include world-renowned producers such as Timbaland, Afrojack, Skrillex, Dada Life, and Burial. Heartbreak goes knee-deep into the world of electronic music by weaving a wide range of elements such as dubstep, electro, trance , future bass, kuduro, dutch house, and dancehall. He proves to be a mastermind by always being groundbreaking, taking risks and adding his own unique Midas touch of genius to anything he touches. Unparalleled in his dedication to the EDM movement, Heartbreak has captured the attention of both established and aspiring artists, such as Skrillex, Diplo, Bassnectar, and many more. He has a wide range of fans who he lovingly labels as his “EDM family”. Consistently giving back, Heartbreak has released 22 free incredibly well received EPs. Featured consistently on the high-profile BBC Radio 1 and many other international radio shows, the onslaught of adoration has only continued as Heartbreak continues to gain attention and recognition everywhere from the blog world to the Washington Post.
Something’s afoot in Hamburg. While the past years, decades even, were dominated primarily by the Frankfurt and Berlin schools of techno, constantly setting the tone and pace for progression of a rather hard-edged style of dance music, the Hanseatic City is increasingly coming into its own. The newest and literally one of the youngest representatives of this blossoming yet adamant Hamburg-bred club music goes by the name of ETNIK. Born in 1992, he is already being coined the wunderkind of new German techno. What’s more, it took him just one gig in Hamburg’s Baalsaal to get himself a record deal. “It was quite overwhelming,” ETNIK recounts. “My initial plan was to not venture into DJ’ing before having established myself with a few tracks of my own to show. Though at the time I was familiar with the Baalsaal’s manager and he invited me to DJ one night. It was actually my first official DJ set. That night an A&R Manager from Warner happened to be among the guests. He saw me, heard me and thought to himself: ‘Whatever else it is this guy does, we need him!’ A mere two weeks later I was seated at a table with the folks from Warner and we discovered that we have the same vision and idea of who I am and where I want to go with my music.” And so he signed on with bitclap!, Warner Music’s Dance label. A rapid rise to fame? Overnight stardom? Far from it. Despite his young age ETNIK’s signature sound has been a long time in the making. “When I was seven, I remember hearing Sven Väth’s ‘Dein Schweiss’ for the first time and being stricken. From that moment on I knew that I wanted to do something just like that.” For years he worked on developing his highly charismatic sound. “I want each of my tracks to boast a strong identity, while remaining distinctly different from one another. The danger in looking to form a signature sound is that, at the end of the day, many of your productions will pretty much end up sounding the same. I try to avoid this at all costs.” So it came that ETNIK spent most of his days as a young teenager sitting in his room, refining sounds, beats and dynamics. “My friends and classmates were all listening to hip hop and r’n’b. This made me and my inclination towards everything electronic a perpetual outsider,” he remembers. “At the same time I am a big fan of percussion. And so from time to time I catch myself including hip hop-based drum patterns in my techno.” All that at an age, when others are busy flipping through the latest Harry Potter novel. But the thing most refreshing about ETNIK is not his youth. It’s his merciless and surprisingly confident sound, backed by a sense of style that is spot-on. ETNIK, which is his real name by the way, grew up in Hamburg as the son of Albanian immigrants, who supported his musical ventures from day one. His aim, from the outset, was to pair techno with rare elegance. Instead of overloading his music with sounds, ETNIK prefers to omit all that is superfluous and to focus only on the essentials. His music cuts to the chase and shows poise, where most others succumb to irritating effects: Shaken, not stirred! “I’m an absolute perfectionist, constantly seeking the ultimate,” he explains. “It doesn’t take me long to complete 80% of a track. The final 20% however may take me months. I may even choose to place an already finished track back in the archive because I suddenly dislike the way the hi-hat sounds.” As a result it took ETNIK an entire two years of working on his first tracks before he was ready to upload them to SoundCloud. His efforts have paid off. The tracks and remixes uploaded to his SoundCloud channel currently boast close to 1 million plays and counting. It doesn’t come as a surprise then, that ETNIK shows an equally steady hand when it comes to his appearance: It just fits. “I really value the big picture. Everything needs to be in the right place to form a unity, bearing a clearly defined character within.” His music is inspired by contemporary artists such as Boys Noize, Tiga, D.I.M and Kraftwerk as well as by old-time greats the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach. So encountering a few bars of a violin solo somewhere in his sounds wouldn’t be that big a coincidence. Or possibly more vocals in the near future: “I really enjoy vocals. They are excellent to play around with. I’ve already set my sights on a couple of possible future collaborations and it’s looking good.” ETNIK surprises with concentrated beats, thrilling by omission rather than stoic stomping, choosing broken rhythms over straightforward four-to-the-floor beat patterns. All of the latter enhanced by a healthy dose of “crackle” and homemade Sawtooth synth sounds, bestowing upon his relentless tracks a certain analog fragility and thus a soul. But above all, ETNIK’s trademark wicked drops, catch you off guard and knock you off your feet. Leading us to his philosophy: “In your face, but always in style!” In his music, he values quality over quantity. And this attitude has led to his success. People just loved his sound, one of them being SCNTST from Boys Noize Records. Meanwhile SCNTST and ETNIK are friends and have released music together on the in-house record label ‘Boysnoize Records’. “That is all part of the larger plan,” ETNIK explains, “not to settle with one label, one direction, one business deal. I like how contacts and opportunities grow naturally and I want to put all these chances to use.” ETNIK’s increasing popularity as a producer is mirrored in his undeniable talent as a DJ, where he equally values extensive build-ups and clearly nuanced scripts. Just playing one track after the other is not his thing. Instead “it may come down to me playing a 90-minute-set with 30 or 40 different tracks, mixed and delivered to the people. And, what’s most important, with no loss in tension.” With all that said, ETNIK simply considers himself an entertainer with a coherent master plan. In case you were wondering: The inverse И in his logo is actually part of a visualized Sawtooth wave, as used in his tracks. ETNIK has thus already clearly positioned himself in the techno scene with his own signature. A young man, highly recognizable in sound and appearance, he produces a style of techno quoting the genre’s history and bringing it up to date so skillfully that many of the quotes used become apparent only after repeated listening. The five tracks featuring on ETNIK’s EP “Neon Daze”, released last year in November via bitclap! / Warner Music, lay further emphasis on his range and caliber as a producer. “Neon Daze”, the title track, is a massive stomper with elaborate beats, an agonizingly intense bassline with skillfully sprinkled vocal samples. “Nixon”, as yet, is possibly one of the meanest marching versions of Future-Tech-Funk around. “Vault” is a brilliantly unfriendly tune to be played in the spanking early morning hours, right as the temperature in the club is about to hit the ceiling. “La Nuit” masterfully plays with distorted melodies and disturbing background noises, while “Boaws” concludes the EP, taking it back to the intricate Electro sounds of the 90’s with spheric keys and zero gravity. Five tracks, five drafts and one clear purpose: Right on the mark, full speed ahead, but always in style. His unique abilities have also been recognized by many a colleague of his genre. In 2012 he was invited on a big tour of Australia, while also supporting deadmau5 on his tour of Germany, playing in front of a thousand plus people each night. Yet, the following experience proved to be even more momentous: “One day, friends told me that Skrillex had posted a remix of mine on his Facebook fanpage. He then followed me on Twitter and let me know that he liked my productions, which led to us communicating regularly up until today.” As a result, ETNIK’s releases are now also being distributed in the US via the Skrillex-owned label OWSLA. It is hard to imagine a greater honor or accolade for a young techno producer with his clear vision and equally strong ambitions. After spending most of this past year touring and performing innumerable highly acclaimed gigs across the globe, ETNIK is now ready to impress with his latest feat. October 17th will see the release of his new “Unclassified” EP via OWSLA, proving that he is in fact unclassifiable. The release’s title track “Unclassified” features Mykki Blanco’s razor sharp rhymes over an incredibly dense, hip hop-inspired beat; a dark club anthem at the helm of future rap. The new EP also includes the mysteriously simmering “Take A Shot”, infused with a driving tech-funk beat, the extremely minimalistic “N7”, decked out in a pumping, classic ‘90s beat, set to wreak havoc on the dance floor, as well as the crisp, funky techno track “Nighthawk”. ETNIK has once again produced an EP that absolutely stands out from the current electronic crowd. Or in the words of the man himself, his music is “In your face, but always in style!” More to come…
Josh Gard has had a long history in music, and lately he has been rapidly rising up the ranks for all things bass. Just a few short years ago he donned the name Figure and began making electro house, but has since become a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance. Scoring positions among the charts may have gotten him recognition, but a hefty amount of praise has been raining down on him lately as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business. With releases alongside industry heavyweights Diplo, Tommy Lee, Flux Pavilion, Excision, BT, Tommy Sunshine, and Borgore, as well as a robust catalog of originals, bootlegs, and remixes, Figure’s signature sound has earned him a cult following amongst a growing number of insatiable fans. In 2011, his Monsters of Drumstep series married his love of horror with his immense production skills to become the soundtrack for the Halloween season. His follow up “Destruction Series” added a new ride to the amusement park with twists and turns through an intergalactic electro war armed with robots and missile drop laser synths. “I just like how artists present a package of something close to an adventure… Like a theme park of sound that is an experiment and experience for everyone,” states Gard. When he’s not on tour or recording in his hometown studios in rural Indiana, Gard is touring worldwide, with packed tents at festivals like EDC, SnowGlobe, Starscape, The Bounce, Creamfields Australia, and Belgium’s Dour.
Sounding as if Stereolab, the Postal Service, Broadcast, Laura Nyro, and Björk were the top five of their collective playlist, Hundred Waters are a quartet from Gainesville, Florida whose soft combination of organic and electronic attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, superstar DJ Skrillex. Members Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, and Allen Scott played together in various formations as friends back in middle school, but it took until adulthood and 2011 for them to become Hundred Waters. Living together in one house meant the band had a communal mentality, yet over time, a unique technique of the five members recording and composing on their own was developed, and soon jam sessions evolved into individuals working on the same songs but alone, in different rooms. The group felt that greater care was being put into the work and the results displayed it. The best results were released by the Elestial label in 2012 as the band’s self-titled debut album. Skrillex caught wind of the release and signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year. AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, and Troublemaker were some of the remixers who contributed to their first OWSLA release, the 2012 EP Thistle.
Jack Beats have a plan. That plan involves taking the very best, most spectacularly effective pieces from a vast array of different musical genres and blending them together into an irrepressible force that detonates on contact. When you lay it out like that it all seems quite simple really, doesn’t it? “It’s all in the influences,” says Niall Dailly, the Scottish half of the band. “There’s always room for a drum n bass breakbeat, or an old rave riff, or a vintage house sample.” “It might be a hip hop loop, some unlikely, twisted up dubstep bassline or a more minimal techno feel,” says the other half of the band, Ben Geffin. “All these ideas are fed into what we do in the studio. And suddenly…” “Suddenly it sort of works!” laughs Niall. “We just love hybrid music. So now we’re making our own brand of hybrid music and shaking it all up a bit.” Niall and Ben describe the release of their mini albums as a “summing up” of everything they’ve experienced to this point. “They’re a showcase of everything that we’ve got going on,” says Niall. “We’ve really got the bit between our teeth here. We’re always trying to be original and do something different. That’s the hip hop side of us; because in that culture, if you weren’t being original, if you were biting other people’s ideas, you’d be out of a job.” Through their six singles and a string of monstrous remixes for the likes of Skream, Beyoncé, Aloe Blacc, Big Boi, Florence & The Machine and La Roux they have formed a relationship with an increasingly hungry audience. “We’re in a world of our own,” Ben says. “We’ve always made music that’s quite forward-thinking and different. So much so that, sometimes, we’re not sure whether anyone else is even into it. There’s a bit of fortune-telling going on in what we do, but we both have patience, we never release anything until we know it’s absolutely right.” For Niall and Ben the joy in music is in the idea and its execution. They’re relentlessly moving forward and they’re intent on bringing us all with them. “There’s nothing more satisfying than when we’ve done something that we think might go over everyone’s heads and six months later everyone loves it! It gives you more confidence in the weirdness of your ideas…” It’s that weirdness of ideas that has propelled Niall and Ben since they put out their first Jack Beats track in 2007. They’re both multiple award winning DJs; in a previous life Niall was DJ Plus One from Scratch Perverts while Ben was a founder member of The Mixologists. Serious turntablists, the pair inhabited a world where endless hours were spent practising scratch routines. “But we would mainly talk about music, get drunk and go to clubs,” admits Ben. “It’s such a nerdy boys’ thing, it becomes your whole world.” “I was going pretty insane by the time I finished,” laughs Niall. “I found that I wanted to be in my studio more than practising. After winning the DMC title in 2001 I decided to buy some kit and start making music.” The pair ended up working together on a Dirty South hip-hop track called ‘Fame And Money’ and that is where Jack Beats really began. “I was a straight up raver at mid 90′s raves for years, and me and Niall both religously went to Movement in the jungle days,” says Ben. “We both used to go together to shit like Plastic People back in the early 2000′s with the beginnings of dubstep…sublow grime days with 100 peeps in there.” However, both were in to bass music too and began making it with the new sound emerging from producers like Dave Taylor AKA Switch. Grime and dubstep and rave and bass music were all developing rapidly and Niall and Ben started to create their own music that drew on them all. Their ideas were honed in years spent DJing together in clubs, after-parties and raves and by 2007 they had forged a unique style that exploded with the release of their mix of AC Slater’s ‘Jack Got Jacked.’ It was the American crowd that initially picked-up on the guys, with US blogs going crazy for the unique style they heard on Jack Beats’ mix of Jack Got Jacked. “‘Jack Got Jacked’ was the first time we chopped everything all up and dropped straight into a huge bass line,” smiles Niall. “That sound became synonymous with us – that was how we do our shit.” “That was when everyone turned their heads towards us,” says Ben. “And it got blogged about like crazy. And we did that tune in about two days, which is weird, because we take about two weeks on each tune now…” The follow up, ‘Project Bassline,’ tore up the Miami Winter Dance Music Conference then the ‘U.F.O’ EP secured Jack Beats’ reputation, defining the fantastically multi-stranded sound that’s all over their music. Those early releases also drove a huge demand for their out of control DJ sets and ever since 2008 the pair have been touring the States with artists like A-Trak and Diplo. Their American status has led them to collaborating with Skrillex, 12th Planet and Example on tracks for the forthcoming Jack Beats mini albums. Over the course of the two mini albums, recent single ‘End Of Love’ features a Leonard Cohen sample that the man himself approved, while Example appears sounding quite unlike he ever has done before on the track ‘War.’ Ben points to the brilliant ‘Revolution’ – taken from the second mini album – as a piece that embodies the sentiment of their music. “It has this hyperactive, hard electronic edge, but it’s really melodic. And it goes off!” “For me it’s all about ‘Hooligans’,” says Niall. “That’s a big club tune with a wicked intro – we love a big intro! That’s a pure hands-in-the-air rave moment…” The title track of the first mini album, ‘Careless,’ seems to be taking Jack Beats in another direction again. “Definitely,” smiles Ben. “The music’s developing really quickly and it’s getting very hard. These days, wherever we’re playing in the world, kids just want it to slam. Wherever we play, whatever place we’re playing, it could be a club for 100 people or festival with 10,000 people, the tracks that get the biggest reactions are the ones that are just slamming. Pure bangers!” “It’s exciting when music goes into a period like this,” Niall says. “It’s so different with so many new things happening and influences start to pan out in interesting ways.” Ultimately, Jack Beats have got a mass of ambitions, the main one being to get their music to as many people as possible. “If a year ago someone had said our music would come out on a major label across the world I’d have fallen over laughing,” says Niall. “We began life as an underground crew making tunes for Sunday night hardcore clubbers. Suddenly it gets to this level ands it’s shocking, but we’ve been around enough to know that we’re here on the merit of what we’ve done. We’re not trying to be something we’re not.” And that is the key to Jack Beats, that’s why their plan works. They are making exactly the music they want to make and the world is coming to them. “It’s exciting because we’re already way past where we thought we would ever get,” says Ben. “And we’ve got here by staying true to the people we’ve always been.” “We’re still striving,” laughs Niall. “Still looking for the next goal to achieve.”
There’s a new ghoul haunting parties worldwide – a diamond-eyed skull slapped to turntables. Grinning off sweat-drenched t-shirts and gleaming from 20-foot neon screens. It’s the bony mascot of Kill The Noise, the buzzing young producer and DJ whose uniquely intense take on electronic dance music has kept him rocking around the globe; from packed nightclubs to sold-out festivals. In a word, his sound is dynamic. His productions much like his performances fearlessly blend different genres, styles and tempos. His music has been released on some of dance music’s most prestigious record labels including Deadmau5’s Mau5trap Recordings, OWSLA and his own imprint, Slow Roast Records, founded with 5x DMC world-champion DJ Craze. The boutique label is distributed by indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold. With a busy upcoming touring schedule, and some big upcoming record releases Kill The Noise will no doubt be making a lot of noise this year!
Convention is shape-shifted into new life by the koan – an impenetrable concept, crafted for use in Buddhist meditation. The same methodology is precisely what can always be expected of music duo KOAN Sound … Broadcast on several releases by Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint, alongside the UK’s Inspected Records, the group’s output showcases the vast range of musical territories they inhabit. Be it the formative techy weight renovating established dance music structures on their first releases from hometown labels in Bristol, the mutated brutality of their mid-tempo constructions – or even the cinematic journeys through orchestral expanses, revealed on their 2013 Sanctuary EP – members Jim Bastow and Will Weeks distinguish themselves across genres with inspired creativity, meticulous production finesse, and emphatic mastership of groove. Their infamous funk-infused formulations (perhaps most prevalent on their Funk Blaster EP) thrill audiences and DJs the world over, frequently synthesizing live instrumentation: a residual quality of their earliest days as a live band, with their vital and emblematic production. These renowned characteristics have not only informed a number of acclaimed remix conquests for artists such as Ed Sheeran and Kasabian, but also serve to make us evermore mindful of this duo’s compelling evolution.
Hyper-creative and sophisticated in craft, San Francisco-based electronic act The M Machine bring a rare mix of genre-bending ingenuity and refined musicianship to every element of their musical output. With their most recent EP—the five-song ‘Just Like’, released on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in November 2014—vocalist/composer/producers Ben Swardlick and Eric Luttrell deliver a deeply melodic and infectiously upbeat take on underground house. Not only a dramatic departure from their darkly charged earlier work, ‘Just Like’ finds The M Machine abandoning all EDM convention and creating a vocal-propelled, indie-minded breed of dance music that hinges on pure emotion and unbridled energy. As with their many much-acclaimed remixes (such as their official reworkings of Bruno Mars’s “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk,” and Empire of the Sun’s “DNA”), the latest step in The M Machine’s artistic progression is both intensely club-oriented and boldly inventive. Revealing a supreme grasp of rhythm and groove honed in part from their lengthy live experience (including support slots on tours with artists like Porter Robinson and The Glitch Mob), ‘Just Like’ infuses The M Machine’s delicate balance of artistry and emotionalism into everything from the heady, bass-heavy throb of the title track to the heart-on-sleeve dream-pop of “Over/Love” to the sunny, spaced-out synth of “Don’t Speak.” Both lifelong music obsessives who’d played piano and guitar since they were kids, Swardlick and Luttrell began experimenting with making melody-driven electronic music as students at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Though each brought his own distinct sensibilities to the collaboration—Luttrell grew up on new wave, West Coast hip-hop, and early-‘90s alt-rock, while Swardlick’s key inspirations include Gorillaz and the early electronic sounds of Herbie Hancock—the two bonded over a shared belief in prizing musicality over production finesse. Soon after graduating and moving to San Francisco, The M Machine crossed paths with Skrillex, showed their music to the six-time Grammy Award-winner, and ended up signed to his just-launched label by 2011. In April 2012, OWSLA put out The M Machine’s ‘Metropolis Pt. I’, a concept EP inspired by Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking 1927 sci-fi film. Like ‘Metropolis Pt. 2’ (a follow-up EP released in February 2013), The M Machine’s debut drew from the movie’s dystopian vision and constructed a lush but brooding sound that garnered serious critical praise and—along with the group’s appearances at major festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland—helped the group gain a massive following. For much of the first five years of The M Machine’s lifespan, Swardlick and Luttrell holed up in a warehouse/recording studio that was once home to arena-rock legends Journey and—under The M Machine’s wing—eventually evolved into an a collective of visual artists, engineers, and designers who shared their DIY ethic and restless creativity. The duo continue to sustain the passion for constant innovation that’s powered the project since the beginning. And no matter how the mood of their music changes over the years, The M Machine remain committed to building their sound around a strong emotional core. “We’re proud to have a fan base as creative and taste-driven as we are.” says Swardlick. Luttrell adds “in general we really want them to fall in love with something they’ve never heard before.”
The creative mind of US electronic producer MUST DIE is one that consistently amazes his fans worldwide. Since he began to gather attention across the bass scene in 2011, he has produced a wealth of original material and remixes, releasing on labels such as Never Say Die, Ultra, Dim Mak, Play Me, Mad Decent and Atlantic Records. Using his naturally artistic and innovative musical intuition, MUST DIE has quickly risen to recognition with his distinguished level of production. He tours extensively, and has supported the likes of Datsik, Excision and Zomboy to name a few. With a charismatic and outgoing personality alongside his technical proficiency, MUST DIE will continue to grab attention over the coming months.
The allusive 7 foot Italian maverick known as ‘Phonat’ has become one of the most respected and esteemed electronic producers in Europe over the last few years, with his debut album ‘Phonat’ being critically acclaimed as a land mark genre defining electronic album. Michele Balduzzi began making music in his home village in rural Tuscany in Italy and was quickly spotted by MofoHifi Records recording under the name Phonat. Armed with a five year old laptop and a Fender Strat the young Italian moved to a bedsit in Dalston, London where he spent two years recording his debut album in a small basement in London Bridge. The result is an album that takes the listener on a genre defying musical journey similar to that which Phonat took in his own life moving from idyllic rural Italy to the chaos and colour of London. The album encompasses French house, D&B, nu disco, mash up, metal, trip hop, ragga, down tempo, funk, fidget, electro and rock. From the hypnotic ‘It’s For You’, the ground breaking ‘Learn to Recycle’ and ending in the dysfunctional masterpiece ‘London’. The album is now being released across the globe, with numerous tracks being used in computer games and TV shows. Highly acclaimed videos have been made by long term Italian collaborator Rocco Pezzella. Along with his album, Phonat has also released several EPs including the Cockroaches EP and has remixed artists as diverse as Skrillex and Dizzee Rascal. MofoHifi have teamed up with Skrillex’s own label OWSLA to release his new EP “Identity Theft” in JUne 2013. ” I am really excited to be working with OWSLA” comments Michele, “I love the diversity of the music they release, I have always wanted to work with them, they are the best in the game”. To coincide with the EP live shows are planned in Europe, Asia and N. America.
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Seven Lions is quickly taking the dance world hostage with his deep, soulful, hybridized creations – at times elegant, at others pulverizing – all distinctly his own. Seven Lions’ Polarize EP, one of the most promising releases of the last year in the EDM world, just dropped in April and has already garnered praise for its melding of main room bombast with a very sensitive, human touch. For Seven Lions (neé Jeff Montalvo) ‘fast’ is an understatement for how his work has spread virally amongst fans of trance, dubstep, and everything in between. The 25 year old California native has been the center of attention as of late but has maintained a humility throughout. The artist released an unofficial remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” in March and has been a runaway YouTube hit as Florence’s vocals align perfectly with the producer’s yearning, sinewy compositions. Following the release of the Polarize EP (which charted in the top 5 overall charts on BeatPort), several of his productions are at any given time on the BeatPort dubstep Top 30. His international following has grown exponentially over the past few months -everything from getting airplay on BBC’s Radio1 to headlining seminal clubs in the States and elsewhere, but this is no overnight success story. It started early on in his life when, at age 7, his father brought home the family’s first computer: a Macintosh and keyboard. After playing in metal and punk bands throughout middle school and high school, Montalvo segued into production in his late teens. “For me, it was the most accessible thing, to start picking up something like drums as opposed to something like electronic music. My transition out of playing with a band was because I got tired of waiting for my band all the time — I wanted to just start making music so I started composing electronic music by myself,” Montalvo explains. After a friend gave Montalvo the program Fruity Loops, he began experimenting with industrial drum beats and toying with genre cross-pollinations. Montalvo attended his first rave in 2007 and was immediately inspired to produce trance. However, he slowly found that broken beat came more naturally to the drummer-at-heart. “It’s more like playing a real instrument, as opposed to doing the four-on-the-floor disco beat. It’s more natural for me,” he says. Not long after, his remix of Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston’s “You Got To Go” served as his breakout hit and introduction to the EDM world. “I won the official remix competition, which is how I got involved with [Above & Beyond]. I don’t know if they were expecting the track to do as well as it did. But it definitely got their attention, and now they’re wanting to work with me more.” That the remix “did well” is an understatement — typical of the soft-spoken Montalvo. The meteoric track sat at #2 on Beatport’s Dubstep chart for over 6 weeks, second only to Skrillex’s remix of “Levels”, with hundreds of thousands of listens on YouTube. From metal band member, to solo industrial producer, to a trance-dub trailblazer — he’s already achieved quite a diverse oeuvre, but his work seems to be only beginning. An innovative, fresh-thinking producer, Seven Lions is one of the more beautiful but dance-centered artists you’re likely to discover for a while.
In a cluttered home studio in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, mere blocks from where he wrote “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites”, the song that sold millions of copies and helped instigate one of the largest shifts in modern American music in recent memory, the galvanizing totem of a youth movement daps at a midi controller, ceaselessly cuing the same snare sound over and over and over and over, for literally hours. Literally. Hours. Skrillex has a lot of thank yous. At around the one-minute mark of his first Grammy acceptance speech in 2012, iPhone in hand, scrolling interminably down a list, it became clear that Skrillex doesn’t feel isolated from his peers. It’s always been a defining trait of his character, this aptitude at building things with others. It’s since gone on to characterize, color, and define his career, too. Whether with his label, OWSLA, his numerous media projects, the NEST online community or the building in downtown LA he’s currently converting into a state-of-the art creative space, Skrillex knows there’s power in numbers. Skrillex quite simply loves to make things. Across the board, those numbers are significant- when a person with one of the largest social media followings in the world decides to engage his community, they engage back. Within a year of forming the label, OWSLA, in 2011, it had launched the careers of some of the most buzzing names in American electronic music, all the while staying true to their connection to the community of artists around them and exploring multiple genres along the way. OWSLA continues to pick up momentum, more heads become aware every day, and they tell their friends. One year later Skrillex collaborated with friend/cult filmmaker Harmony Korine by scoring his critically acclaimed Spring Breakers movie and also composed an original track for Pixar’s Wreck It Ralph while simultaneously penning one of the biggest club hits of the year with A$AP Rocky (Wild For The Night). He then dropped his first fashion collaboration with G-Star around the same time (it sold out globally in a matter of days). Three consecutive homeruns across a broad appeal spectrum, but it’s easy to identify commonalities among these seemingly disparate projects when they’re examined in this uniquely Skrillex context – awesomeness prevails, always. And it’s always a team effort. And every team needs a dugout. So when Sonny returned to Los Angeles to rally the troops, plucking talent from France, Spain, Chicago, Florida, and Tennessee this last spring he purchased an 11,000 square foot compound nestled in the heart of LA. It currently houses his label, management, and publicity staffs as well as a new, futurist venture called NESTHQ.com. The project, which began as a subscription-based sub-label of OWSLA, began to take on new meaning as the team sought to further integrate all of the Skrillex and OWSLA-related media content into one vertical silo. NESTHQ.com was formed as a means of iterating the values and personalities of the dance music community, Skrillex’s community, in one consistently positive voice. The building itself is the physical manifestation of this intent and more plans are underway to construct several high-end recording studios, media production labs, video suites and other creative spaces to further inspire the associated artists under the OWSLA/Skrillex umbrella. But let’s get back to that snare sound. Sonny John Moore, the man who upended popular music in 2011, knows there’s too much in the balance, and he addresses the seemingly menial with utmost gravity. He invests himself into everything he does. It’s not just a career at stake. Skrillex acknowledges the huge responsibility we all have to bring positivity into the world through art and expression, and that whether its iterated musically or otherwise, getting those ideas out is group therapy at its best. We’re in this together, so let’s get it right. Finally, despite being one of the biggest names in music, Skrillex hasn’t walked away from the ‘do-it-ourselves’ attitude he’s had since his start. “When you grow you’re going to need more people, more bodies to do stuff,” he said. “It’s all about making true partnerships. I think the less you can take out of something and the more you can do yourself, it’s more equal-interest. So you’re not taking out big bank loans, you’re betting on yourself and you can sustain everything. Maybe it takes a little longer — it’s been since 2004 to get to where I am now, with the same team, the same manager. That’s how we did it. There was no rush ever to get giant checks.” Throughout all of this, he’s decided to keep the music industry at an arm’s length. “I kind of wanted to stay away from Hollywood… I guess my scene and the energy and the core of where I came from is Downtown L.A. and throwing warehouse parties and being inspired by spaces that gushed potential, more than something that was already done.”
‘SNAILS’ is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who pushes a forward-thinking brand of dance music combining hip-hop rhythms, dirty bass lines and off-kilter sound design. A member of the Kannibalen Records family, Snails released his first tracks in 2012. Since then he has amassed a burgeoning fanbase of snail-heads and bass-lovers from all over. His latest original tracks that have all gone viral, “Dirty Raxxx”, “KRMT” and “SLUGZ” blend hypnotic melodies, huge drops and mind-bending sample manipulation into a tight, dance-floor friendly package. With heavyweights like Skrillex, Diplo, Datsik, Excision, Flosstradamus and many more supporting his fresh new sound, Snails looks primed to bring his unique take on dance and bass music to the world.
Valentino Khan is a music producer & DJ from Los Angeles, CA. He has produced music for multi-platinum hip hop artists B.o.B, T.I., Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz & Tyga . He also has EDM releases on Ultra Records, Mad Decent and Dim Mak Records. In summer of 2013 Valentino & Diplo co-produced the smash single “Bubble Butt” for Major Lazer (feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga & 2 Chainz). The song appeared on the Free The Universe album and has been a constant in radio airplay since its release. Above all, Valentino is known for showing his remarkable versatility as a producer, while consistently maintaining quality throughout his major label hip hop and EDM work. Valentino has put out official remixes for artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Skylar Grey, Kreayshawn, The Bloody Beetroots, Benny Benassi, Congorock, Sean Paul, DJ Craze and (upcoming from) Steve Aoki. He also recently did an exclusive mix for Diplo’s BBC Radio 1 show Diplo and Friends, diving into a number of genres during his hour long set. His music has received support from Skrillex, Diplo, Boys Noize, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, Knife Party, Flux Pavillion, Baauer, The Prodigy, MSTRKRFT, Congorock, Felix Cartal, Autoerotique, Toddla T, Bart B More, Will Bailey, Nadastrom, AC Slater, DJ Craze, Munchi, Alvin Risk, Torro Torro and many more. After a huge year of productions in electronic dance music and hip hop, Valentino looks to continue to build off that success throughout 2014.
Hailing from the sandstone bedrock that is Sydney, this duo is the fresh face Australia’s beloved ‘Sweat it Out’ & voice of the ADD generation. Released in Mid November 2011, their debut 4 track EP ‘7 Dollar Bill’ caused quite a stir; Switch, Bag Raiders, Sinden, Boys Noize & countless others, all on board for this new sound. 2012 has seen an onslaught of epic remix’s from the pair. Most notably their mix of Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’. Gaining the attention of Tiga, Flosstradamus, Nero & Diplo himself, their future bass rework, scored them official 12″ Vinyl release on Mad Decent/Downtown. With the who’s who of EDM dropping their tunes on BBC Radio 1 & every major festival around the globe, don’t be surprised if you see the WSN boys jet setting across the globe in the coming months. Currently touring Aus/New Zealand, an official remix on the way for Mark Foster, Kimbra & A-Trak & their 2nd EP approaching completion, the ball is well and truly in motion for Australia’s next big export .
“Placing a beastly baseline, punchy electro synths, and revamping the drops has brought new life into the original while showcasing a different side from Silverback.” -THIS SONG IS SICK Seriously huge remix – stream Silverback‘s take on “Get Down Low” by TC over on This Song Is Sick
Already at #3 on Beatport, the massive club weapon “Lawnmower” from Aryay is out today on iTunes and everywhere else fine MP3s are sold! SUPPORT
Gonna be a hell of a night on Saturday with Yogi on the OWSLA stage at TomorrowWorld ..You don’t wanna miss this set
Check out this week’s new episode of OWSLA IRL and see why it’s the office favorite of Season 1
Watch our official HARD Summer Fest 2014 recap video featuring Jack U (Diplo and Skrillex), Kill The Noise, What So Not, Jack Beats, The M Machine, Alex Metric, Valentino Khan, Snails, and David Heartbreak
Congratulations to our dogs Yogi and Pusha T for hitting 1 MILLION plays on “Burial” !
More heat from next week’s Death & Magic LP from MUST DIE – check out “Togther” on Thissongissick.com
A special #FridayMorningFeels (Funk Edition!) from the Funk Lord Kill Paris with ‘Silence of Heartbreak’ remixed by Random Movement #FMF
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“If you don’t cackle with disbelieving glee the first time the alpaca shows up onscreen, the problem is not EDM cheesiness. The problem is you.” -STEREOGUM Congrats to Valentino Khan for having his Make Some Noise video make Stereogum’s top 5 videos last week! If you haven’t seen it, you can watch here.
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WORLD PREMIERE: Etnik – Unclassified feat. Mykki Blanco on Stereogum Pre-order the Unclassified EP (Oct 20)
In this week’s episode of IRL we see what happens when the bus catches fire.
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Check out the first remix for “Down From The Rafters” from Hundred Waters’ upcoming remix EP. Don’t miss them on tour in Europe for the next 2 weeks ! Tour Dates
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SKRILLEX’S OWSLA TO RELEASE FREE, EXCLUSIVE 19-TRACK COMPILATION OWSLA PRESENTS: FREE TREATS VOL. 2 OFFERS NEW TRACKS FROM SKRILLEX, PORTER ROBINSON, KOAN SOUND, THE M MACHINE, AND MORE PLUS NEW TALENT ACROSS A BROAD SPECTRUM OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC OWSLA, helmed by the 3-time Grammy winner Skrillex, re-asserts it’s position as the flag-bearer for a new industry model in music by releasing a free, totally exclusive collection of 19 new songs by artists both new and familiar on March 13th exclusively on Beatport. The songs, curated by Skrillex and his OWSLA partners, occupy a huge range of electronic styles. From sub-heavy, slinky Dubstep to pounding Progressive House, esoteric Electro House to Juke, few stones are left unturned in terms of sub-genre. What’s more, OWSLA Presents Free Treats Vol. 2 stands as a declaration of the OWSLA ethos: to excite listeners by delivering new, fantastic tracks from a team who is genuinely invested in the culture of quality music.
Hailing from the Netherlands, Bart van der Meer – known as Bart B More – has been a constant factor in the international electronic dance music scene for many years. His love for DJing and producing has taken him to every continent on the planet, leaving his audience with something to remember – or not to remember. Bart B More’s genre-bending style has helped him to become one of the most renown and respected electronic music producers today. He steers away from a traditional production formula to help create his own signature sound: A fusion of deep techno and heart-pumping electro, with an unusual swing in the drum patterns. His eclectic mix of synths, unparalleled sonic range, hard-hitting drops, and heavy bass lines have helped him to create a distinct and original style. The ability to make each beat, synth, and drop flow seamlessly together in his sets, has made Bart a well seen guest at events all over the globe. Bart does not discriminate against mainstream and underground music, and prefers to draw inspiration from anywhere and everywhere; “The limitations and borders a genre can imply sometimes kills creativity in the producing process, and that’s something artists deal with. I try to stay away from that mind frame, and just create how I feel.” His non-commitment to any specific genre and ever-changing tastes make each one of his shows a whole new, fresh experience: “Every set to me is a challenge to entertain a crowd, to bring forward my musical taste but also read the crowds mood. And if that’s the same thing, that’s when I love what I do the most.” In 2008, Bart found a new challenge and created his own label, Secure Recordings. Since then, the label has been an outlet for Bart to release his own music as well as share his various tastes and musical range. By starting his own label, he’s able to showcase not only his own style, but also give new artists a platform to release their music. Bart is a firm believer in supporting new and up and coming artists, and by establishing Secure Recordings he’s able to give them a chance to make their mark in the industry. In addition to his own label, Bart has had the opportunity to release many of his tracks with some of the industry’s top labels including: Boys Noize, OWSLA, Relief Records, Sound Pellegrino, Fool’s Gold, Trouble & Bass etc. By releasing with different labels he has been able to reach an even larger and more diverse demographic, putting him into the spotlight of many devout electronic dance music fans. In the future, Bart B More hopes to continue to have a role in the responsibility to keep dance music forward thinking, innovative, and open minded.
French quartet Birdy Nam Nam had already shook things up back in 2009 with A Manual For Successful Rioting : farewell, the playful and smokey abstract hip-hop heard on their first LP, and hello, heavy motorized electro beats design to cause mayhem in clubs and venues worldwide. The massive following tour could only confirm the band’s high profile on stage : performing live, members Crazy B, Pone, Need and Lil’Mike sound and look like a punk outfit raised on Bambaataa and Daft Punk rather than the Clash and the Pistols. In 2010, BNN won a « Victoire de la musique » (the French equivalent of a Grammy award) in the electronic music category – David Guetta was also competing. Then they got back into their studio to start recording a third record. And they wanted to make something even more astonishing than their previous one. Something maybe a little less rockin and bangin, a little less obviously dance floor-oriented. Chance made that next to their studio was working Parisian producer Para One, a guy able to do techno anthems as well as digital funk jams, ambient soundtracks or future rap beats. The boys shared with him a set of common roots in hip-hop and its defining taste for wild synthesis of genres and vibes ; after a few coffee machines conversations, they all felt a collaboration could be really nice. Then three months later, the job was done : ideas were swapped and enchanced, going back and forth between the BNN lab and Para One’s unit, and the result is a rich, versatile creature, born from continuous sensitive work-out from the five artists. This is a record that has a lot to give to its listeners, and that watches everywhere without forbidding itself anything. So the whole thing is rammed with aural details and feelings, but it never sounds messy or bric-a-brac-minded. Its tightness is almost a miracle: how could it be thought out and finished within three months and sound so solid and matured – but not mature, mind you – while blending so many different styles and atmospheres ? Maybe just because the maturation process, for these guys, has been taking place for a good ten years (and even more for veteran DJ Crazy B) : more than a decade spent absorbing with unsatiable appetite an extremely large range of music. BNN, with the help of Para One, actually updated one of the essence of hip-hop music: the hedonist will to mix very diverse references and influences coming from a vast, hyperactive environment. So this album sometimes sounds like it tells a parallel, utopia-infused story of hip-hop music, like if hip-hop hadn’t got so self-sufficient, and instead had tried mingling with R&B vocal chops, space-jazz synths, IDM digital breaks or US house and techno body-grooves. A Manual for Successful Rioting was full of straight-forward,cathartic numbers ; now Defiant Order is more into oblique, obssessive rhythms. No pretentious experiments, though: BNN are definitely not professional scientists of club music. Taking artistic and technical risks just gives them the opportunity to make their tracks even more thrilling and exhilarating. Today’s mainstream hits produced by « edgy » names is most frequently not edgy, and simply not exciting : doesn’t it seem like the fantasy of avant-garde chart pop has vanished in recent years ? With this new LP, BNN decided to take the (almost) exact opposite way, and it’s a pretty rare thing, we have to say : here’s a globally famous band, reknown for having at first crossed-over, but that now goes back to something people used to call « the underground ». This is a radical, daring record, though it’ll painlessly reach its audience – because after all there’s no more mass-market VS underground circuits: there’s just plenty of good music here, and plenty of people to love it.
Blood Diamonds, aka Michael Diamond, is a twenty-two year old Los Angeles-based pop artist best known for his imaginative soundscapes and infectious, sun-dipped production. Coming from a background in classical and modernistic jazz from his adolescence in Kansas City and then after moving to Vancouver to study a degree in video game design, he became absorbed in all music electronic and quickly started to write and play live. Lifting influences from RnB, dubstep and dream pop, Blood Diamond’s music can truly be marked as quintessentially his own. Having become quickly known for his remixes and collaborations, Blood Diamonds latest 12″ release ‘Phone Sex’ (ft. Grimes) is out now on 4AD and his debut full length is slated for mid- 2013.
Known for his earth-shaking live performances and cutting-edge albums, Francesco “Phra” Barbaglia has quickly become one of the most prominent djs working today. As the founding member of Crookers, he has shown the ability to not only create massive club hits but also a desire to push the genre forward through fearless innovation and a tireless work ethic. With numerous remix credits for artists ranging from the Chemical Bros to Kid Cudi, a recent, highly acclaimed live set at EDC and a new album in the works, Phra has shown no signs of slowing down. Born in the quiet town of Omegna, Italy, Phra seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of his dentist-father until a family cruise at age 11 exposed him to the world of dj’ing. From that moment on, he was hooked. Initially focusing his attention on hip-hop, Phra began experimenting with his craft while working at a local club just minutes from his parents’ home. It was here that he began honing his sound, blending elements of house, bossa nova, jazz and funk together into mixes that were unlike anything else at the time. Not content with simply playing what was “safe,” he continued to push the envelope, and it wasn’t long before he achieved his first major success when, in 2008, his remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N Nite” reached #2 on the UK sales chart. 2010 saw the release of Crookers’ debut album Tons of Friends. Featuring an all-star lineup that included the likes of Miike Snow, Pitbull and Major Lazer, Phra deftly combined elements from a variety of musical genres, receiving widespread praise from fans and critics alike. The 2011 follow up, Dr. Gonzo, proved to be another step forward for Phra, as he once again showcased his ability to produce catchy club beats without compromising his identity as a boundaries-breaking artist. Never one to sit still for very long, Phra has already begun work on his next album, with two tracks set to debut in October ahead of the planned 2014 release date. When he’s not busy performing for sold out crowds at festivals around the world or working with some of the biggest names in music, Phra splits his time between his two record labels: Lucky Beard and Ciao Recs. Looking for a way to explore the limits of his profession while working with his friends, what started as a passion project has turned into one of the best sources for underground music available. With artists such as Anubi, Digi and Stabber among the current active roster, all signs point to Lucky Beard and Ciao Recs continuing to be industry leaders far into the future.
Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy career with such acts as Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After carrying his success to the metal world with No Name Mgmt, Destructo returned to his roots in 2007 by creating HARD. HARD events such as the HARD Haunted Mansion have become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music and unforgettable experiences, where the talent rosters reflect Destructo’s own impeccable DJ sets.
I’m Dillon Francis, I’m from Los Angeles and I’m 27 years old. If you want to know more about me you can follow me @DILLONFRANCIS or go to Facebook or my Tumblr 666fuckingdie.tumblr.com. I probably won’t do an interview or photo shoot but here is an amazing picture of a cat. http://instagr.am/p/ZIgPg/ I love the Internet and pissing off your Mom and Dad (especially if they’re hippies). Love You. Dillon Francis
MONSTA have been described as having the melodic synth thrum of Flux Pavilion, the tech-soul vocal drops of Moby and the reverberant snares of trip-hop act U.N.K.L.E. -but their sound is instrument-based and largely sample-free and it was Skrillex who found them. The trio (producers Rocky and Rufio and vocalist Skaar) will release their first EP on the electronic dance music (EDM) star’s indie imprint OWSLA this summer. “I was at South by Southwest with my manager Tim [Smith] and a few friends,” says Skrillex. “Tim says, ‘I got something,’ and pulls up [MONSTA’s ‘Holdin’ On’]. I said, ‘That’s a sick track and a cool vocal sample. Where’d they get that from? Is that Aretha Franklin?’’ But it wasn’t a sample. It was Skaar’s powerfully androgynous performance of an original song written and recorded by the group. ‘Holdin’ On’ has all the makings of a radio hit-not only an irresistible vocal hook, but a complete verse-chorus-verse song structure. The EP boasts remixes from electronic music’s finest; Dillon Francis, Alvin Risk and even though he has turned down requests from the worlds biggest stars, Skrillex has cleared his schedule to put his mark on the EP with an exclusive remix too (his last one won him a Grammy Award). “This is not your typical dubstep. A lot of that has already become cliché,” he says. “This is next-level.” Signed to the same management stable as Chase & Status, Knife Party and Sub Focus and remixing for artists such as Zedd, Labrinth and Skylar Grey; MONSTA have been played by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 as his ‘Next Hype’ and featured by the likes of NME, 1883, Disorder and included in Billboard magazine’s albums for Summer 2012, ‘40 Hottest Releases’. MONSTA are becoming a regular feature on the club and festival circuit, having already wowed crowds at Camden Crawl, Wireless and Isle of Wight Festival and have been personally invited by Xfm’s Eddy Temple Morris to play a coveted slot at this years sold out Secret Garden Party.
In his own words, Nick Thayer might be best described as “the musical equivalent of putting seven glowsticks in a blender”. As renowned for uninhibited and unashamedly eclectic DJ sets as he is for impeccable production, Nick’s cut-loose mentality is his trademark both in the club and in the studio. “I don’t care about genres. Good music is good music,” he says. You could put this unbound attitude down to his classically trained background, his stint in grunge and funk bands or even his lifelong love of hair rock. Whatever it is, one thing’s certain: Nick Thayer was made for this. A hugely successful AV show in conjunction with visual artist sevenmilligram is another very special trick up Nick’s sleeve. This show is like no other; it’s a complete assault on the senses and needs to be seen to be believed. Following on from his 2010 album Just Let It Go – which was nominated for Best Electronic Album at the Australian Independent Music Awards – 2012 sees Nick signing to Skrillex’s OWSLA label with the Like Boom EP. The result is worth the wait; showing scant regard for genres or tempos, or even accepted notions of what club music should be, it promises to rip sound systems apart.
At 21, life is usually filled with exams, a first job, or even a small amount of uncertainty as to what you want to do in life… Porter Robinson however, has broken the mold completely. Having already featured twice in the Billboard 21 Under 21, where he ranked ahead of the likes of Miley Cyrus and Cher Lloyd, you begin to quickly see that Porter is no ordinary talent. Growing up in the sleepy town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Porter began producing music at the tender age of 13, having caught the bug from Dance Dance Revolution. Fast forward several years later, and releases such as “Say My Name” were quickly attracting attention from all the right places. His very first EP, “Spitfire”, was quickly signed by Skrillex as the first release for his new OWSLA label. Upon release, the EP crashed Beatport’s servers and headed straight for #1 in the charts where it remained for weeks. This was all done in between remixes for the likes of Avicii and Lady Gaga… all in the same year he celebrated his 18th birthday. From here on, it was full steam ahead. Picking up support slots on tours with Skrillex and then on Tiësto’s infamous College Invasion tour, people began to take note of Porter’s unique style of mixing and the insane energy he showed behind the decks. In addition to these colossal artist tours, Porter also made his way onto the stages of Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo; as well as landing himself in the DJ Mag Top 100. 2012 saw him shift into even higher gear, growing swiftly into a headline act capable of hosting any event all on his own. Porter also tackled Coachella, Tomorrowland, and Lollapalooza, as well as a residency with the revered XS, Surrender, and Encore Beach properties in Las Vegas. His next creation, “Language”, premiered on Radio 1 during Porter’s special live Essential Mix broadcast in January 2012 before going on to worldwide success, securing #1 on Beatport and a number of Top 10 chart positions around the world. The record has since gone on to sell over 250,000 copies, cementing Porter’s break into the big leagues. Porter began 2013 with the release of his much-acclaimed Mat Zo co-production “Easy”, which quickly reached #1 on both Beatport and HypeMachine, and gained traction across radio and charts globally. From here his sights are firmly set on his first full-length artist album, drawing on elements and influences across a wide range of genres. The debut outing will see Porter break all preconceptions and join the ranks of luminaries he’s admired his entire career. In addition to the music, his touring is continuing to go from strength to strength, where he recently appeared once more at Tomorrowland, as well as Wireless Festival, Creamfields, Fuji Rock and a trifecta of Electric Daisy Carnival appearances in Las Vegas, London, and New York. Set to accomplish more by the age of 21 than most achieve in a lifetime, Porter is unmistakably one of the most thrilling talents to be found anywhere in the world. Only he knows what’s next. We just know we can’t stop him.
Ollie ‘Skream’ Jones is on a major roll. The 24 year old Croydon DJ, producer and original dubstepper had the festival anthem of last year with his Let’s Get Ravey remix of La Roux’s ‘In For The Kill'; he’s just been featured on the cover of NME with his Magnetic Man co-stars Benga and Artwork; and as we speak, he is all over Radio 1 with the first single from his second solo album, Outside The Box. The tune in question, ‘Listenin To The Records On My Wall’, is the perfect introduction to why Skream’s current level of success is just the beginning. It’s a joyful, ragingly energetic celebration of the last quarter decade of British street music, inspired by the hardcore and jungle records used by his older brother Hijak who was part of Grooverider’s Internatty Crew. It’s also a brilliant pop record that makes perfect sense to everyone who grew up surrounded by the breaks and beats of the 1990s – and to those who didn’t. This, however, is not a revival record. A natural born modernist, Skream has selected 14 tracks that cover hip hop (‘8-Bit Baby’, with LA rapper Murs from Living Legends), bass-wobbling dubstep (the self-explanatory ‘Wibbler’), dreamy electronica (‘Perferated’), a dark and tribal track with La Roux, and a strong dose of euphoric jungle on ‘The Epic Last Tune'; a track that is inadvisable to listen to whilst driving – unless you want another six points on your licence. A lot has happened since the 16 year old Skream left school with no GCSEs and a top-flight training in white labels and nightclubs. “I hated school and school hated me. I was rarely there and rarely wanted to be there. When I first saw music being made on a PlayStation, that was it. There was never going to be anything else. I know people who got 5 A-Cs but now they look like they’re dying of boredom.” He started working at Big Apple Records in Croydon, a place that holds the same place in street-up dance music as Rough Trade does in punk. Arthur ‘Artwork’ Smith and Danny Harrison, 2-Step remixers du jour circa 1998, had a studio upstairs and when Skream and Benga weren’t downstairs in the shop, they were watching and learning from their local masters at work. “The shop helped me grow up to be not a dickhead in terms of talking to people I didn’t know. You’d get builders coming in buying garage records and you’d have top distributors. I met so many different people from different places.” In the early days of dubstep he and his Big Apple posse made music for themselves and a select band of listeners. There might have been 20 people at FWD>>, the night where resident DJ Hatcha first played Skream’s records, and where he first DJed, but it didn’t matter. Gradually, more people got involved, drawn in by the raw power of the music and well-documented tipping points like Mary Anne Hobb’s Radio 1 show and an influential online forum. And if they heard anyone, they heard Skream, who became an enthusiastic regular on the international dubstep circuit and made an early anthem in ‘Midnight Request Line’. “That tune was when people from the mainstream started looking into the underground. They weren’t embracing it, they were like ‘wow there’s this movement’… and they moved on.” Then, in 2006, he got the parts to Hot Chip’s ‘No Fit State’ and began playing it out. The following year he contacted The Klaxon’s record label for the parts to ‘Not Over Yet’, stripped it down, added synthetic rushes and major bass power, and made it his own. Then came La Roux. Skream’s now infamous remix of “In For The Kill” that got leaked, downloaded thousands of times, and then before long Annie Mac was championing it, urging listeners to get the mix to Number One. He has always made tunes at an incredible rate: he has two albums (Skream! in 2006 and Outside The Box), two compilations and 81 tunes released since 2003 and many hundreds more he’s played during DJ sets. There are 872 finished songs on the hard drive he’s been using since 2007 (and about the same on the hard drive he used between 2001 and 2007) and at least 20,000 song files in his current studio which is still in his old bedroom at his parents house, which is useful for both continuity and tea and toast on tap. “I work at a fast rate. If I’m not into an idea after 25 minutes I start something else.” Outside The Box is the sound of an artist who is ready to take his considerable talents to a wider audience without compromising any of the raw, hedonistic, emotional, loose-yourself madness that has made him literally legendary to the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Take ‘Where You Should Be’ a song which could have been made by Mike Skinner had he spent his whole life inside nightclubs, and features singer and songwriter Sam Frank. “I don’t think I’ll ever be sick of that track. I’ve easily listened to it 500 times. It’s not fundamentally for the dancefloor.” There’s the 8-bit computer game inspiration of ‘CPU'; the Daft Punk styled vocals of ‘How Real’ feat Freckles; the tuff but soothing heart-beat of ‘Fields Of Emotion’ and the Jocelyn Brown-sampling ‘I Love The Way’, which sees the first lady of disco pitched right down (‘she sounds well mannish”) and which you might have heard at Skream’s massive festival sets at Pukkelpop, Glastonbury or Roskilde, where he and Benga began their crowd-surfing habit. Towards the end of the album, there are moments that point in a whole new direction, like ‘Reflections’, a tune written with talented drum ‘n’ bassheads dBridge and Instra:mental. “It’s opened my eyes to a whole new way of working. I was playing the bass, and they were programming drums and playing the pads and strings. I was used to sitting in front of a screen.” And then there’s ‘Song For Lenny’, a sad and very personal musical dedication to a lost friend. Album aside, life’s busy for Oliver Jones. He’s back DJing after taking some time out at the start of the year, switching up his DJ sets to include 4/4, techno, garage and grime – in fact there’s a brilliant track with Newham Generals ‘I Can’t Wait’ that missed the album tracklist by a whisker – and, most weeks, hosting his Rinse FM show–now alongside Benga–where listeners get to hear new tunes and Skream and Benga’s inimitable banter. There will be a bonus edition of the album with another four or five tracks on it, and another Skreamizm EP later in the year, as well as the Magnetic Man live shows and album. It’s going to a big summer, inside and outside the box.
From his beginnings as a bedroom DJ five years ago, to headlining the Glade stage at Glastonbury in 2010, Nick Douwma, better known as Sub Focus, has become one of the most interesting, innovative and important voices working in British electronic music today. Douwma has created compositions for Chase & Status (Flashing Lights) and Example (Kickstarts), remixed The Prodigy, Deadmau5 and Dizzee Rascal, while his own tracks (including Airplane, X-Ray, Rock It, Could This Be Real) have won Sub Focus fans in the form of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Grooverider and Mistajam. As a DJ, Douwma has played at every major club night and festival around the world, with the recent EDC in Las Vegas helping to push his US profile exponentially. Since his beginnings as a Jungle DJ, to becoming one of Bass music’s key composers, Sub Focus has cemented his status as a forward-thinking creator with an incredible cannon of compositions. Sub Focus’s second solo album, as yet untitled, will further propel him into the realms of both credible notoriety and mainstream success – no easy feat. With features from The Alpines, Jess Mills and Kele Okerere (for whom he engineered 2010’s The Hunter) initial reactions have been overwhelming. Debuted by Douwma during a guest mix for Mistajam’s Radio 1 show, first single Out The Blue, featuring Alice Gold, had 250,000 views on YouTube in just one week, and was played by every major Bass DJ you can mention. Mixing Vangelis-like synths with Gold’s captivating vocals, it’s a brilliantly paced, deftly constructed D&B smash that will propel the 29 year-old straight back into the charts. Refusing to be stuck within one genre, Sub Focus has ventured far and wide around the world of dance music. If it has bass and a hard hitting hook, he’s on it. “In the early days when I got into dance music, people were very tribal about what they would and would not listen to, and coming out of that period has been refreshing,” he says. “I like writing different types of music, so I threw caution to the wind and started putting more varied tempo music out there and the response was great,” he says of songs that have ranged far and wide through the world of Dance music. “The whole scene is evolving and people are experimenting with different tempos much more now – branching out without fear of the stigma.” This is brilliantly reflected on the new album, which effortlessly balances Dubstep, D&B, 90s Jungle, 80s rave, Future Garage and even a steel pan symphony. “I like pulling threads from places that maybe aren’t meant to go together,” he nods. “I’m quite a magpie in the way I look at music.” While his music has huge mainstream potential, he’s wary of playing to the crowd purely for pop star status. Like his contemporaries Nero, Skream & Benga and Chase & Status, he strives to stay true to his musical roots. Wary of doing anything too obvious, he explores the line between being popular without trying to court the commercial. “Trying to strike that balance is one of my main goals – writing underground music with mass appeal.” Beginning his career in the Jungle scene after leaving behind his teenage indie band and being blown away by the Prodigy and Incredible by General Levy, Nick balanced his neophyte beat-making career with Art & Design. After switching to Sound Engineering at London Met, Douwma dropped out to concentrate on music as he quickly found himself one of Drum & Bass’s leading players. X-Ray was the track that got him noticed, before his seminal remix of the Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up, which allowed him to tour throughout America, Europe and Japan. Signed to the legendary Ram Records, his debut self titled album solidified Sub Focus as a serious player in the world of Electronic music. Since then, as club music’s boundaries have altered, his creations have been supported by everyone from Skream to Andy C, Annie Mac to Jack Beats. Late last year, Sub Focus signed a deal to license his second album to Mercury Records which is due for release in late 2012. Like two of his key influences the Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, Sub Focus is interested in pushing the boundaries of both the live and recorded experience. For his incredible new stage show he has had a series of exciting gizmos made such as motion sensors which enable him to trigger both sound and light by movement; it needs to be seen to be understood! Within his studio you can expect to see ten types of keyboards from a vintage Roland Juno to the latest Teenage Engineering synthesisers. “I’m very deep into the technical side of things,” he laughs. “With the live show I’m incorporating improvisation, but in an electronic way. I’m using motion sensors, keyboards and computers to play my tracks, all synchronised to a light show based around my disc logo. I want to take the ideas of visualising electronic performance that started with the likes of Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis and push them a little bit further.” This Summer Sub Focus will be playing at a host of major festivals, including Snowbombing, V Festival and Coachella. With the likes of Skrillex winning Grammys, when asked about the future of the industry, Douwma says ‘It’s a great time to be making this music as it really seems as if there are no limits to where it can go now.”
There are few figures in electronic music who manage to combine commercial success with underground respectability. The Bristol-based producer and DJ known as TC is one such individual, utilising his talents to comfortably flit between remixing Number One artists and unleashing rave-razing bass-driven monsters pitched straight at the underground. Sitting atop of an anthem-packed discography that includes some of the most memorable dancefloor tracks of modern times, and with remixes for the likes of Rihanna, Damian Marley & Nas and Tinie Tempah behind him, TC should need little introduction to any fan of bass-driven music. First emerging with tracks for one of jungle/D&B’s most legendary labels, Dillinja’s Valve Recordings, it was the release of TC’s debut album ‘Evolution’ in 2007 that propelled the young producer to D&B’s top table. Packed with anthems such as the utterly unique ‘Deep’ featuring MC Jakes, ‘Jump’, ‘Rockstar’ and the enormous ‘Where’s My Money’ (famously remixed by Caspa), ‘Evolution’ earned TC the titles of ‘Breakthrough Producer’ and ‘Producer Of The Year’ at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Drum & Bass Awards, while catapulting him to the top of Radio One’s National Dance Chart and earning unprecedented radio support from everyone from Pete Tong and Jo Whiley to MAH and Zane Lowe, with the latter bestowing TC with highly regarded ‘Record Of The Week’ title on more than one occasion. More than just another faceless DJ or studio-confined producer, early on TC broke convention by singing on many of his own tracks, and provided vocals for Pendulum’s debut album ‘Hold Your Colour’, a habit he continues to this day, having recently supplied vocals for Hospital starlets Camo & Krooked’s debut LP and the mighty Subfocus’ forthcoming second album. After taking a short break from the spotlight, 2011 saw TC return to the raves and the airwaves in style, dropping one of the year’s biggest D&B bangers ‘Tap Ho’ while turning his hand to dubstep on ‘Concrete’ and drumstep on ‘Burning Starlight’ (both featuring vocals from Dread MC). Released through his own freshly launched record label, Don’t Play, the artistic freedom offered by being his own boss is already clearly paying dividends for TC. “I’m not playing around anymore; I don’t want to do things by halves,” TC stated in a recent interview. “I think I’m at a stage now where I can choose my own path.” And with Don’t Play firing on all cylinders, a packed global DJ schedule and more massive tracks up his sleeve, TC is quite clearly on the right path. 2012 already has his name all over it….
Zedd started with music in his daily routine from early childhood on. Born Anton Zaslavski, Zedd was raised in Kaiserslautern, Germany by two classically trained musicians, he began playing the piano at the age of four and built up his knowledge of the Classical repertoire throughout his childhood, at times writing a song a day. At age twelve, Anton learned to play the drums and, soon after he began performing with the post-hardcore/metal trio Dioramic. As a preteen he was already composing and producing numerous rock songs in his band’s own studio. As the aughts progressed, Anton’s awareness of other genres widened, and in 2009 his interest in producing electronic music was piqued after hearing the French electronic duo Justice. With his gift for musicality and background in instrumentation, composition and production, the move into the realm of electronic dance music was seamless. 2009 proved to be a watershed year for Zedd. It was during this year that he began producing electronic music, and within an incredibly short period of time amassed widespread critical and audience acclaim. Within a few months of beginning his production work, Zedd won two Beatport remix contests, the “Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest” and the “Fatboy Slim / Skint Remix Contest”. These critical wins gave the budding artists the notoriety and clout to catch the interest of Skrillex who essentially found him on the net and signed him to his new OWSLA label. He caught the ear of Interscope A&R Dave Rene and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and successfully released several official remixes for powerhouse artists such as Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex on labels including mau5trap, Interscope, and EMI. In the realm of his original compositions, Zedd’s hit singles ‘Shave It’ and ‘Slam The Door’ (out through OWLSA) both held the top spot on Beatport’s charts for multiple weeks at a time. In the same year, his remix of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” appeared on the deluxe edition of the superstar’s latest album Born This Way and his remix of “Born This Way” appeared on Born This Way: The Remix. In addition to his own compositions and reworkings of others’ songs, Zedd has had other electro heavyweights take their turn at his tracks, including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Knife Party and more. Zedd’s stellar development is undoubtedly linked to his unique and highly recognizable style of composition. It stands out in a crowded field as meticulously detailed and carefully produced, very playful and at the same time remarkably catchy despite the complex musicality drafting it up. Drawing from his diverse musical background spanning from classical to post-hardcore/metal to electro house Zedd’s music not only draws from uncommon sources but also has the ability to appeal to an audience outside the realm EDM. Zedd signed with Interscope records in 2012 and released his debut LP Clarity in October to much critical acclaim. The album’s first single, “Spectrum,” featuring singer/songwriter Matthew Koma, garnered massive global attention climbing into the the Top 10 on the iTunes dance chart and holding on to the #1 spot on Beatport Worldwide for almost three weeks. The track then soared to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Song chart and was ultimately named their Dance Club Song of the year as well as iTunes “Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012. In addition to racking up original production credits for artists including Eva Simons’ “I Don’t Like You” and Justin Bieber’s “Beauty And A Beat,” Rolling Stone named Zedd an “Artist to Watch” for 2012, and more recently, MTV deemed him an “Artist to Watch” for 2013. Zedd has performed at major festivals, including Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Nocturnal and in 2012, he performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and Electric Zoo in New York. Zedd made his national television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in October where he turned his signature style upside down performing a stripped down version of his new single “Clarity” -showcasing his classical training by playing piano alongside a string quartet and vox from Foxes. The performance is a prime example of Zedd’s true musicianship beyond the realm of EDM. Zedd was also chosen to be the only opening act for the Asian leg of Lady Gaga’s world stadium-tour “The Born This Was Ball”, and will rejoin her for the American leg in the spring of 2013. A musical prodigy from the start, Zedd is already a powerhouse beyond the EDM realm. His originality and momentum will unquestionably propel him into the ranks of superstars.
For maximum feels on a Friday morning, ‘Tap Dance’ Octave Minds (Boys Noize + Chilly Gonzales) ft. Chance The Rapper #FMF
Read more about Glenn Bruno, the 60-year-old star of Alex Metric‘s ‘Heart Weighs A Ton’ video who shows us the power of dancing INSOMNIAC ARTICLE
Thanks to everyone who came out to the OWSLA tent @ TomorrowWorld ! Read all about it on Elektro Magazine
We’re LIVE with Alex Metric on his reddit #AMA, answering all of your questions now REDDIT AMA LINK
The Unclassified EP from Etnik isn’t out til Oct 20 but you can preview it in it’s entirety.
YOOOOO MUST DIE Death & Magic LP looking pretty at #9 on Beatport, but we’re thinking it would look better as #1…. “‘Hellcat’ scares the shit out of me & I wish I had 100 more tracks like it.” – Tommie Sunshine Stream on Spotify or your favorite streaming provider BEATPORT SUPPORT LINK
We’re giving away a #MajesticAsFak Adventure Pack from Kill The Noise, including KTN merch and 2 tix to an upcoming show of your choice where you’ll meet Jake and friends (tour dates at majesticasfak.com). To enter, just post a photo of something “majestic as fak” on Facebook and tag it #MajesticAsFak! Good luck…
Just heard that our ACL BBQ in Austin, TX this Friday is SOLD OUT! Can’t wait to eat tacos with all of our friends and of course Skrillex, David Heartbreak and ALESIA
DOME SHOT from Rell The Soundbender & Twine is out TUESDAY
Another stunning remix of Hundred Waters’ “Down from the Rafters”, this time from Huxley, UK’s don of the deep house sound. Check it out and look out for the DFTR Remix EP on November 6 HERE
For 7 DAYS ONLY, grab a free DL of Snails and Antiserum‘s VIP remix of “Wild” from the Wild Remix EP coming October 30th
“Project Ghost is definitely one track that still has all the foundations of the original concept.” –
#FridayMorningFeels from Huxley with a remix of Hundred Waters ‘Down From The Rafters’ #FMF
ATTN #ACL2014! We’ll be handing out OWSLA koozies and lighters to the first few hundred people to arrive at Stubb’s Austin for tonight’s BBQ! Doors at 8pm David Heartbreak ALESIA Skrillex
For maximum weekend adventure
“We have no clue what’s taking the public so long to catch up to Rell The Soundbender. His sound is massive, his resume is getting ridiculous, there’s nothing generic about the records he produces at all, and he’s yet to break 10,000 followers on SoundCloud.” –DO ANDROIDS DANCE “…his approach shows a unique take on the heart-stopper formula.” -YOUR EDM “Didn’t we tell this kid was no joke?” -THIS SONG SLAPS
Grab the parts to Aryay’s underground smash “The Lawnmower” via his #LionKit2 and tweet your remix at us for a chance to get reposted! Full details in the description…
Check out the photos from the OWSLA stage at TomorrowWorld this year and tag yourselves or friends if you see em! ALBUM LINK ALBUM LINK ALBUM LINK
Check out the PHHHOTO’s from this weekend’s OWSLA ACL BBQ @ Stubbs in Austin, TX ! PHOTO ALBUM LINK
“Packing twists and turns throughout keeping you on your seat till the very last seconds.” – Thissongissick.com ‘DomeShot’ by Rell The Soundbender & Twine is now available on Beatport.
Listen to all of the remixes for Snails & Antiserum ‘Wild’ Featuring MUST DIE, Far Too Loud, DJ CRAZE and Henry Fong
“Henry Fong takes it that one step further” – Your EDM Listen to the brand new Henry Fong remix of ‘Wild’ by Snails & Antiserum
WORLD PREMIERE: Etnik – ‘N7′ “Frighteningly good” – Mixmag Unclassified EP is out Oct 20th.
Get stoked for the new David Heartbreak LP ‘Rose Colored Bass‘ with the single ‘Tonight ft. Skylar Grey‘ + this special interview on Your EDM
New The M Machine EP coming Nov 11 “There’s a creative and conceptual ambition to their music that you just don’t find in a lot of upfront tunage in dance.” – THUMP
This week’s #FridayMorningFeels are brought to you by Vindata with an amazing remix of Alex Metric‘s ‘Heart Weighs A Ton’ #FMF
Euro friends, the new Etnik EP ‘Unclassified’ is out now! Grab it on iTunes today! iTUNES
Head to our Soundcloud for this week’s Weekender ft. tracks from The M Machine, David Heartbreak, Henry Fong, Rell The Soundbender & Twine and Etnik
WORLD PREMIERE: Official video for Etnik‘s ‘Unclassified ft Mykki Blanco‘ is live RIGHT NOW.
OUT NOW: Etnik – Unclassified EP “We loved the wildly-original and genre-bending four-tracker that covers slo-mo electro, gnarly techno and furious bass.” – Mixmag iTUNES
SUPER stoked to announce our newest signing, Carmada. Grab their debut tune “Maybe” on iTunes “Maybe” music video and Realise EP coming soon.
“OWSLA labelmate Moody Good flips Yogi’s slick warbling cut into four minutes of turnt up bliss.” – Complex WOLRD PREMIERE: Yogi – Burial ft. Pusha T (Moody Good Remix) Look out for the Burial Remix EP Nov 13 and don’t miss both Yogi and Moody Good at HARD presents… #HARDDOTD2014 in LA next weekend.
WORLD PREMIERE: Snails & Antiserum “Wild (MUST DIE Remix) Guaranteed to put some syrup in your soda Wild Remix EP coming Oct 30
“Delivering another tune that requires a little more elbow room on the dance floor, Wuki offers up another stellar release to add to his colorful track record.” – Dancing Astronaut WORLD PREMIERE: HEARTSREVOLUTION – Kishi Kaisei (Wuki Remix) Ride or Die Remixes are out Oct 23 pre-order on iTunes
FREE TICKET ALERT! Shazam “Unclassified” by Etnik ft. Mykki Blanco for a chance to win a pair of VIP passes to see Etnik at HARD presents… #HARDDOTD2014! Contest ends at 11:59pm PST on Oct 29th.
“It’s an almost-galactic take on the track, somewhere between witch house and late trap.” – THUMP WORLD PREMIERE: HEARTSREVOLUTION – Kishi Kasei (Fei-Fei’s Feided Mix) Remix EP is out TODAY on iTunes
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream We got you covered for the morning techno fix. Catch Etnik on Beatport LIVE from Berlin RIGHT NOW
New #FMF today from yung Durante with his brand new remix of Laurel – Shells #FridayMorningFeels
If you’ve been sleeping, here’s your reminder to check out the remixes of Alex Metric‘s ‘Heart Weighs A Ton’ single from Galantis, Laidback Luke, Vindata, and more. Grab your favorites on iTunes, Beatport, or anywhere else fine remixes are sold. SUPPORT LINK
The Weekender is up with brand new music from Yogi, Moody Good, Carmada, HEARTSREVOLUTION, Wuki, MUST DIE, Rell The Soundbender & Twine
Listen back to last night’s very special Diplo and Friends with Jack U RIGHT HERE
“A gargling hell-raiser, with a pounding bass line and swift sample cuts that can only make you bite your lip and nod you head.” – Dancing Astronaut And we’re LIVE with the official video for “Maybe” from OWSLA newcomers Carmada. The guys tell us the video is about being comfortable in your own skin and having some fun while you’re at it.
DJ’s, don’t forget to grab Rell The Soundbender & Twine‘s massive collab ‘Dome Shot‘ from Beatport for your sets this week
OUT NOW: The M Machine ‘Just Like‘ EP “Have a beer with it!” – The M Machine Support on iTunes
Super Secret special guests Thursday…
Wonder what influences went in to The M Machine‘s ‘Just Like‘ EP? head to Boomrat for an exclusive look at some of their fav tunes rn! http://bmrt.co/1xuU1Es
OUT NOW: David Heartbreak‘s debut LP ‘Rose Colored Bass‘ ____________________________ “It’s characteristically adventurous and shows why he’s so highly regarded amongst his peers.” – THUMP “An eight track album that matches his reputation of bringing in the diverse sounds of EDM culture together to make a cohesive sound.” – Magnetic Mag
The new #JackU “Take U There” video from Skrillex Diplo & Kiesza is basically an 80s MTV bounce house filled with pizza and turnup.
Listen to the world premiere of TrollPhace‘s “Make It Bounce” from our forthcoming EGGNOG compilation on Thissongissick.com
Get a taste of MUST DIE‘s Hellcat remix EP now before it comes out December 4th featuring remixes from ANNIX, Habstrakt, Snails and Alex Young Support on iTunes
New #JackU remix from Belarbi for your Thanksgiving Eve turnup !
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There are plenty of bass music producers out there grinding away at the seemingly never-ending task of securing a plot of EDM acreage. But Getter, otherwise known at Tanner Petulla, has become increasingly adept at identifying previously unused musical real estate off the grid, bulldozing his current musical ideologies, and then rebuilding an entirely new, futuristic neon palace devoted to reinvention and experimentation. In the not too distant future, he’ll have squatters ready to dye their hair neon for a chance to be part of what Getter will bring to life. Early in his career, Getter asserted himself as one of the most consistent and significanttalents to emerge from the international bass scene. In 2013, Getter released twoBeatport-chart-topping releases including his debut album “I Want More” and “ThrillerEP”, which showed Getter’s expanding and diverse skill set. Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, Datsik and Borgore have rinsed his tunes. His recent releases with the international Bass music Powerhouse Firepower Records shot to the top of the charts and showed an artist confident in his abilities and production prowess. In 2015, Getter will see his work released by the inimitable Dance Music label, OWSLA. But recently, Getter has found an untapped creative outlet in simply allowing his own musical evolution to take place. His signature neon hair and eccentric social media dispatches are reflected in his forthcoming projects, much of which will serve as a bridge over the stagnant waters of musical conformity and connecting the past with the next phase of Bass music production. At times, his work will emerge from a much more serene and meditative side of himself, but this ability to dip into alternate states of creative thinking has remained an essential creative force for understanding his limits and finding ways to push through them. Getter will remain the unsung hero of underground bass culture because he has done wheat the underground values the most: ignoring trends and cutting his own path. It’s a path he’s making sure to cut wide enough for all his fans to walk astride as he makes his way to the next stage.
The Jersey Club King known simply as Sliink is leading a musical movement. He took the reigns as Jersey Club’s first global star, spreading the genre from humble beginnings in Newark’s DIY party spaces to international culture hot spots like London, Paris, Milan and Oslo – not to mention mainstream attention from MTV, SPIN, Vice, and more. After shooting to post-EDM stardom with a collaborative EP on Fool’s Gold with Flosstradamus, sound-tracking Paris runways for Alexander Wang and Rick Owens, and playing festivals around the globe, Sliink is entering the next chapter of his career. The OWSLA Records boss-man Skrillex sought out Sliink’s diverse club sound as the newest addition to their eclectic roster. Hard at work on his first project for the label, you can trust that Sliink has few tricks up his sleeve for 2015.
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Vindata is the brainchild of Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress based in Los Angeles, California. Blending rugged hip hop beats with deep r&b passions, and indie-pop sensibilities; the pair are on a mission to expand how we define dance music. After notable underground success with their last EP “…For One To Follow” [Symbols] , the duo are back with a brand new EP titled “Through Time And Space…” [OWSLA], another piece of their discography puzzle depicting the human experience. This time around, they’ve crafted a 6 track journey through different perceptions of different realities. The result is a cohesive body of energetic yet lush textures, polyrhythmic percussion, and soulful vocals.
The King of Heavy Bass House in America AC Slater has begun a lengthy career for himself with his “Night Bass” sound by fusing elements of house music with the dirty basslines of UK garage and sprinkles of old-school rave synths and breaks. AC Slater’s career kicked off with a bang in 2008, with his seminal remix of “Turn the Music Up” on Trouble & Bass becoming an instant anthem. Moby listed it as one of the best 10 tracks of the decade, declaring it a “perfect song.” AC has collaborated with influential underground artists such as Nina Sky all the way to chart toppers like Far East Movement, and has done official remixes for the likes of Big Sean, Moby, Robin S. and many more. A quick look at Slater’s Beatport page reveals well over 100 tracks and remixes over the last five years, including his best-selling Jack Got Jacked EP, a blatant declaration of the invasion of house music by all things bass (and the start of a lengthy friendship with Jack Beats). Fast forward to the present, AC has toured the globe several times and his tunes have been played at every major festival and club in the world by DJs including Skrillex, Diplo and so many more. Slater’s tunes and guest mixes can regularly be heard on major radio stations across the world, including the UK’s BBC Radio 1 and Rinse FM and Australia’s Triple J. His crew Trouble & Bass and his own record label Party Like Us continue to release some of the most groundbreaking and forward-thinking bass-heavy dance music in the underground.
Whether or not you make it to SXSW or Miami, be sure to check out the new OWSLA compilation, FREE TREATS VOL II.
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